April 19, 2024
Alex Morgan (heart), proven in 2022, scored the successful objective in 1-0 victory in league’s kickoff match. Photograph by Chris Stone

Alex Morgan despatched one more message to doubters: Don’t rely her out.

With a header within the 88th minute, Morgan scored the solo objective within the 2024 Problem Cup in opposition to 2023 league champions NJ/NY Gotham to steer the San Diego Wave and win the primary trophy of the season.

“The ball got here straight to me, so I knew I couldn’t mess it up,” stated the 34-year-old ahead in a postmatch interview at Purple Bull Enviornment in Harrison, New Jersey.

Wave midfielder Savannah McCaskill recorded that help in her debut with the membership. 

In recognition of the efforts of gamers from each golf equipment to attain greatness on and off the pitch, recreation sponsor UKG will present every participant from San Diego $3,500 in prize cash, whereas gamers on Gotham FC will every get $2,200. 

Morgan was named the 2024 UKG NWSL Problem Cup Most Worthwhile Participant, incomes an extra $2,000 in prize cash. 

This 12 months’s one-and-done Problem Cup gave followers their first take a look at new gamers.

San Diego welcomed seven new gamers to its roster through the offseason together with two rookies from the 2024 NWSL draft and two worldwide gamers.

Defender Kennedy Wesley of Stanford was the Wave’s first choice within the first spherical (twelfth general) of the draft, and ahead Mya Jones was chosen within the third spherical (forty seventh general) from the College of Memphis.

Kaitlyn Torpey joins the Wave from Australia after taking part in three seasons with Melbourne Metropolis, and Swedish defender Hanna Lundkvist joins San Diego from Atlético de Madrid.

Amongst different gamers, Savannah McCaskill joined the Wave after two seasons with Angel Metropolis the place she appeared in 23 video games (23 begins) whereas incomes 4 objectives and three assists within the 2023 season.

Naomi Girma, Jaedyn Shaw and Abby Dahlkemper began this match for the Wave. Within the second half, all-time nice Morgan got here on to the pitch.

After initially being left off the nationwide roster, Morgan was known as up for the USNWT to exchange an injured Mia Fishel and netted two objectives within the Gold Cup competitors gained Sunday by the U.S. at Snapdragon Stadium.

The Wave’s first dwelling match is 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in opposition to KC Present.

San Diego clinched the Defend on Oct. 15 with a 2-0 win over Racing Louisville, ending the season with the most effective common season document in NWSL. Gotham completed the season by defeating OL Reign in a 2-1 ultimate Nov. 11 at Snapdragon Stadium to win the 2023 NWSL championship.