Alex Morgan scored a minute into second-half stoppage time, Hope Solo posted her 97th career shutout, and the United States beat France 1-0 on Sunday in the SheBelieves Cup. With the victory over the No. 3 team in the world, the top-ranked Americans improved to 8-0-0 in 2016, outscoring opponents 30-0. The U.S. has won its first two games of the SheBelieves Cup after beating No. 5 England on Thursday.
On the lone goal, 17-year-old Mallory Pugh controlled the ball just past midfield and passed ahead to Morgan, who sprinted through the defense for a left-footed shot that beat goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. It was Morgan's 63rd international goal and made up for not connecting on a pass in the first half from Meghan Klingenberg.
"When you can have the win and a great performance, I think it's a good feeling," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "I think the players left there with a good feeling. ... Obviously ecstatic with the world-class goal at the end there. But as I said to the players, it's also three points in this tournament. This is our first time at this tournament, and we'd obviously love to win it. And one more game to go."
Alex Morgan wasn’t sure how to feel. She’d just won the Women’s World Cup, but she scored only one goal in the tournament and was coming off a knee injury that didn’t allow her to be the Alex Morgan both she and everybody else expected.
Morgan showed her class Wednesday night with a highlight-reel goal that kick-started the U.S. as it rallied past Germany 2-1 before 13,501 at FAU to win the inaugural SheBelieves Cup. The fans weren’t the only ones stunned after Morgan beat three defenders to score. “I think I was a little shocked myself,” Morgan said. “That’s why I probably didn’t celebrate.”
The roster has been set for the U.S. women's soccer team's game vs. Colombia on April 6 at Rentschler Field (7 p.m., FS1).
Fifteen players on the roster were on last year's World Cup-winning team, including Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn and Morgan Brian.
The U.S. will train in Orlando, Fla., for six days before heading to its match against 25th-ranked Colombia in East Hartford. The teams meet again April 10 in Chester, Pa. Coach Jill Ellis will pick 18 players to suit up for each game.
Orlando Pride and U.S. Women's National team forward Alex Morgan has been dealing with a hip pointer and sat out practice on Friday morning. Morgan re-aggravated the hip pointer during the friendly against the University of Florida.
"It's nothing serious, she has had this little hip pointer issue probably since the start of the year and it flares up every now and then," Orlando Pride coach Tom Sermanni said. "When she played the other day, just the combination of hitting the ball and getting a little nudge at the same time flared it up again."
Morgan, who has already scored six goals in two preseason games, had an MRI on the hip Thursday as well as an injection and will miss three or four days. She will be with the U.S. National Team next week as they prepare for two games against Colombia in early April.
U.S. Women’s Soccer team star Alex Morgan is ready to take her team to the Rio Summer Olympics 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
But the Zika Virus is on her mind and that might affect her training at the summer Olympics. But what’s so scary about the Zika Virus?
“The Zika virus is definitely a concern,” Morgan said in a Health interview. “You don’t know how long the virus lasts in your system, and that’s an issue for someone who’s trying to get pregnant,” she continued. “I am concerned, but I really do trust the International Olympic Committee about traveling in Brazil. It is kind of scary.”
The U.S. Women’s goalie, Hope Solo said earlier this year that she would not be attending the Games but has since recanted her story according to People.