London 2012: Alex Morgan Will Be Breakout Star of Summer Games

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIJuly 10, 2012

DALLAS, TX - MAY 15:  Soccer player, Alex Morgan, poses for a portrait during the 2012 Team USA Media Summit on May 15, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The US Women's soccer team fell in the World Cup final to Japan, but several of the team's stars became household names. This summer in London another will join them, as 23-year-old goal-scoring machine Alex Morgan will become the breakout star of the Summer Olympics.

Morgan made her debut for the national team in March of 2010, and since that time has racked up a whopping 27 goals in 42 international appearances. She had two key goals at last summer's World Cup and since then she has become a huge part of the team's offense.

In this year's Algarve Cup, Morgan led Team USA with five goals, which was second in the entire tournament. When paired up front with Abby Wambach, the two give the US Women the top forward duo in the world.

Morgan is incredibly fast and has a gorgeous, accurate and powerful scoring touch. She will score goals at the Olympics this summer, and with the US favored to repeat as gold medalists she and goalie Hope Solo will be the team's stars.

Given Morgan's infectious smile and good-looks it wouldn't be hard to see her becoming America's new sweetheart at the London Olympics. She has already posed in only body paint for Sports Illustrated and boasts more than 533,000 Twitter followers

NBC would be wise to highlight Morgan this summer. The general public already knows about Solo and Wambach as the two stars made the talk show rounds after the World Cup loss. But Morgan isn't familiar to the average non-soccer watching fan. 

She is a great representative of the country and if she gets the airtime she should, Morgan will become an instant star at the Olympics.