Alex Morgan: The Biggest Moments of Her Young Team USA Career

Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2011

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - JULY 12:  Alex Morgan of the USA during a USA training session at Borussia-Park on July 12, 2011 in Moenchengladbach, Germany.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The Four Biggest Moments of Alex Morgan's Young Career

Alex Morgan is pegged as the future star of the Women's National team, and so far she's looking the part. She's only 22, which means we are just scratching the surface of what her incredible year has in store for us.

She undoubtedly has a number of huge goals in front of her, but here are the biggest moments of her young career thus far.

1st International Goal, 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

An ACL injury held Morgan out of U-20 play for the US until April 2008. It was there that she burst onto the scene, scoring a goal against Cuba in the championship. Her impact established her as an incredible talent and valuable scorer.

FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup 2008

It was here that Alex Morgan put on a show, scoring four goals throughout the tournament, including one ridiculous goal against North Korea that was named the best goal of the tournament. Her performance in this tournament caught the attention of the US senior national team. This is where the Alex Morgan hype machine really got going. All of the promise and potential people talk about came from this tournament, where she put on such a sensational performance, she became impossible to ignore.

Goal vs Italy to Achieve US Berth in Women's World Cup

With the Women's World Cup on the line, Morgan knocked in a goal that sealed the US Team's fate and gave them life in the tournament. Given the magical run they have had, thinking about the possibility of the US missing the Women's World Cup entirely seems almost silly. It's easy to forget, but Morgan made all of this possible.

Dagger vs France, 2011 Women's World Cup

Morgan was struggling a bit at the 2011 Women's World Cup. She was out of sorts and not her usual confident self. All that changed when she put her team up 3-1, putting the dagger in France and helping her team advance to the final. Scoring a goal on such a grand stage may not be the most important goal of her career, but it's likely the highlight.