The brightest stars of the United States women’s national soccer team set the tone for their Olympic journey in 2016.
Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan scored in Team USA’s 2-0 win over New Zealand on Wednesday in their opening game of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Morgan doubled Team USA’s lead for good just one minute into the second half. She received Morgan Bryan’s pass, composed herself and shot accureately past goalkeeper Erin Nayler.
It’s fitting Lloyd’s and Morgan’s names appear on the scoresheet since they are the top two career goal scorers on Team USA’s current roster. Lloyd opened the scoring in the ninth minute when she headed Tobin Heath’s cross into the Ferns’ goal.
Alex Morgan, the superstar striker for the U.S. women's national team and the Orlando Pride, seems to have generated some interest from Olympique Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas. How do we know? Because he just can't seem to stop tweeting at her.
Take a look at his latest efforts on Friday, where apropos of absolutely nothing, Aulas responds to one of Morgan's tweets with a sales pitch about Lyon being the best women's club in Europe:
Alex Morgan ✔ @alexmorgan13 Check out these role models @thekickstv on Amazon. So proud! Stream the first season & let me know what you think! amzn.to/29CohYY
Jean-Michel AULAS ✔ @jm_Aulas @alexmorgan13 @thekickstv the best women's team in Europe is Olympique Lyonnais the most ambitious game is also with OL ... Welcome in Lyon
Morgan's tweet that he was replying to? It was a tweet promoting a TV series based on children's books she authored. But that's pretty much how their Twitter interactions have gone since he started courting the star back in March, when he tweeted a similar pitch about Lyon being the best club in Europe to both Morgan and fellow national team player Kelley O'Hara.
If there was a player who had a breakout year in the NWSL, it was probably Lynn Williams. She won the MVP award, the Golden Boot, and earned her first-ever call-up to the national team.
So why wouldn’t she score a dramatic last-gasp goal in the 124th minute of the NWSL championship and force the game to penalty kicks? And why wouldn’t she bury her spot kick and help her Western New York Flash win the 2016 NWSL championship?
The Flash are now first-time NWSL champions Sunday after beating the Washington Spirit 3-2 on penalty kicks after going 2-2 following extra time.
Mom is the family’s very own version of Wonder Woman. She just started taking night classes to earn her MBA so she can continue to help provide everything you and your sisters need. (Some nights, when she’s not around to make dinner, Jenny, who is all of 13 years old, fills in … and she’s become a really great cook! You’ll love her chicken enchiladas.) Mom has virtually no time off. Monday through Friday, she’s either working or going to school. So her only breaks are on the weekends. But you know better than anyone that she’s not using those days to sleep in or relax. She’s sacrificing her Saturdays and Sundays so you and your sisters can participate in sports.
It isn’t only that she never misses a game. And it isn’t just the orange slices and strawberries she brings for halftime. She’s doing everything she can to make sure you and your teammates are having fun. In fact, Mom just finished making hair ties for everyone on your team — she even used glitter glue to put each girl’s uniform number on her hair tie. How cool is that?
Then, in a few years, Dad will move on to taking coaching classes. He’ll coach you when you’re nine, and, like Mom, he’ll go way beyond the call of duty. He’s going to be out the door every morning at 5:30 to work at his construction company, but he’ll always — always — be home in time to take you to practice. And you won’t ever hear him complaining about it.
When you’re 13, Dad will do something that you’ll remember as long as you live. By that point, you’ll have developed into one of the best rec players in Southern California … and you’ll have done it in hand-me-down cleats. You’ll be O.K. with that. But, make no mistake about it, one of the best feelings of your life is going to occur when Dad comes home one day from work and tells you he wants to buy you a brand new pair of cleats.
This will be a running theme throughout your life, Alex. Both Mom and Dad will use up all their vacation days to be with you or to watch you play soccer. Every year, when December rolls around, there will be no vacation days left for them to take an actual vacation.
But you know what, that will be O.K. with them, honestly, because they’ll see how skilled you become as you get older. They’ll take so much pride in your accomplishments, and they’ll be there for you, in the stands, as you experience your finest moments on the pitch. When you score your biggest goals and turn around, you’ll always see family members … jumping up and down, going nuts, showing you love.
10 minutes to go until the final whistle, Orlando Pride were trailing 3-1 and were trying to find some way of rescuing the game. With drama at its highest point during the game, some chap decided this would be the ideal moment to try to get a selfie with star player Alex Morgan.
The fan jumped the barrier and ran over to the USWNT player with his phone in one hand and a jersey he was looking to get signed in the other. He crept up behind her and tried to get her attention by prodding her in the back, but Morgan's teammates were quick to usher her away from the stranger.
Orlando's Brittany Alvaredo saw the humour in the weird situation as she tweeted out a GIF of the incident along with a snappy zinger.