April 16, 2024
Alex Morgan, proven scoring in Wave play, ended a world scoring drought relationship to Feb. 22, 2023. Photograph by Chris Stone

Ending a virtually yearlong worldwide scoring drought, San Diego Wave ahead Alex Morgan netted a penalty kick Tuesday for the U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Staff.

Her objective got here in a 5-0 victory over the Dominican Republic in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson.

Morgan was known as up Tuesday to switch ahead Mia Fishel, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her proper knee in coaching Feb. 19.

Coming into the pitch within the second half, Morgan scored her 122nd worldwide objective with a left-footed shot to the underside proper nook within the 92nd minute.

Earlier than this week, her absence on the roster was noticeable — after participating within the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in 2023.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Moultrie scored twice for the U.S. — the third-youngest participant in USWNT historical past to attain a number of targets in a match. Lynn Williams additionally scored. Midge Purce made three assists.

Jenna Nighswonger, the reigning NWSL Rookie of the Yr, scored a penalty objective within the 86th minute.

Different Wave gamers on the pitch in Carson had been Abby Dahlkemper and Jaedyn Shaw.

In the meantime, the Wave earned a 2-1 win over Bay FC within the first match of the Coachella Valley Invitational in Indio. 
 
Ahead Elyse Bennett scored within the thirty ninth minute, assisted by Makenzy Doniak, after which midfielder Amirah Ali scored the game-winner within the eightieth minute, with the help from Bennett.

The Wave tackle the Portland Thorns for his or her second and remaining match at Coachella on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 11:00 a.m.

Morgan has appeared in 215 matches for the USWNT, scoring 122 targets and including 52 assists throughout her 15-year worldwide profession.

The ahead ranks within the high 10 in USWNT historical past in targets, assists and multigoal video games, whereas being named two-time U.S. Soccer Feminine Athlete of the Yr (2012, 2018) and four-time CONCACAF Participant of the Yr (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018). 

The foundations concerning changing gamers because of damage within the Gold Cup dictate that the alternative participant should put on the identical quantity because the participant they’re changing, so Morgan wore Fishel’s No. 7 jersey as an alternative of her traditional No. 13.

The USA’s Gold Cup group will play all matches solely at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park. The USWNT faces Argentina on Friday after which finishes the primary spherical in opposition to Mexico on Monday.

All the USA’s video games will kick off at 7:15 p.m. Tickets to matches can be found right here.
 
The highest two finishers in every of the three Gold Cup teams together with the 2 greatest third-place groups qualify for the knockout stage, which is able to start with the quarterfinals at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles on March 2 and three, adopted by the semifinals and remaining at San Diego’s Snapdragon Stadium on March 6 and 10, respectively.

San Diego is ready to start the NWSL season March 15 in opposition to NY/NJ Gotham at Purple Bull Enviornment within the newly reformatted 2024 NWSL Problem Cup, streaming dwell on Prime Video at 5:00 p.m.

The Wave opens common season play March 23 at Snapdragon Stadium. The match is ready to start at 7 p.m. and tickets can be found for buy right here.