It is my great pleasure dear Pulse readers, male and female alike, to introduce you to Alex Morgan, star forward for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
Over on our soccer site, we’ve written a lot about Alex in the last year, from her late game heroics as a “super sub” with her 82nd minute goal in the World Cup semifinals against France to her 81st minute assist against Sweden in a post-World Cup friendly to equalize the game, and her 89th minute goal against Costa Rica to seal the U.S.’s trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics.
We’ve also covered her success as a starter alongside Abby Wambach, where in her first start in the Olympic Qualifying Final vs Canada, she netted two goals to defeat the rivals to the north, and in a friendly with New Zealand she sunk two in the dying minutes to give the U.S. the win.
Morgan has now scored 22 goals in 38 career international appearances, at a pace of 1.23 goals per 90 minutes, ranking her alongside U.S. Soccer legends Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly. It’s safe to say we’ll be covering her for a while.
But it was our Midweek Muscles post on Morgan — soccer’s version of Monday Morning Motivation – that proved, unsurprisingly, to be the most popular. In our “Best of Midweek Muscles,” voted on by the fans, Morgan edged out fellow U.S. national teamer Sydney Leroux and U.S. Men’s National Team star Clint Dempsey as the fan favorite.
Enjoy, ladies and gentelmen:
Alex posed for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in a bodypaint suit. She said she it didn’t even feel like she was naked!
For more photos, check out our Midweek Muscles feature on Alex.
You can catch Alex this Sunday in a friendly against China at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., as the women prepare for the Olympics. Although it won’t be broadcast on television, you can follow along at ussoccer.com. And be sure to tell ESPN, NBC and FOX Soccer that you want to see more of the U.S. Women on TV!