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LONDON (AP) — First-time Olympian Alex Morgan already has her defining moment: A game-winning goal in overtime that put the U.S. women’s soccer team into the gold medal match.
And it came on a header, the very skill that was supposed to be a weakness in her game.
The lightning-fast striker brings beautiful goals to game at the formative age of 23. Long after Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and the other vets have retired, it’s a reasonable bet that Morgan will be the face of the U.S. national team.
“She’s still a genetic freak, in my opinion,” Wambach said. “She makes plays that you don’t expect anybody to make.”
When Morgan looped Heather O’Reilly’s cross into the net in the 123rd minute of Monday’s 4-3 win over Canada in the semifinals, she set up one of the most tantalizing rematches of these Olympics: United States vs. Japan for the gold medal.
Japan beat the Americans in penalty kicks to win last year’s World Cup, back when Morgan was still a super-sub who came off the bench in the second half and created all sorts of havoc with her speed.
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