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Alex Morgan Named 2012 Female Athlete of the Year (SOCCER)

Alex Morgan Named 2012 Female Athlete of the Year (SOCCER)

~Forward Wins Her First Award in Stellar Year with U.S. Women’s National Team~

CHICAGO (Dec. 3, 2012) – For their excellence at the highest levels of the sport, U.S. Soccer announced U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan as the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year and U.S. Under-20 WNT defender Julie Johnston as the 2012 Young Female Athlete of the Year. “I want to keep improving and continue to make an impact on this team.”  Morgan said. “I want continue to put the team first, help the team grow and obviously the World Cup in 2015 is on our minds every day.”

The Female Athlete of the Year award is the first for Morgan and it comes in the Diamond Bar, Calif. native’s first time on the ballot. The forward leads all U.S. scorers in 2012 with 28 goals which is good for third-best all time in a calendar year behind Abby Wambach (31 in 2004) and Michelle Akers (39 in 1991). Morgan has also compiled a team-leading 19 assists in 2012, the fourth-most in a single year. She still has three matches left to play as the USA finishes the Fan tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic, which matches against China on Dec. 8 in Detroit, Dec. 12 in Houston and Dec. 15 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Morgan’s exploits have also earned her a place on the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist. The winner for FIFA’s top honor will be announced on Jan. 7, 2013.

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
1985: Sharon Remer
1986: April Heinrichs
1987: Carin Jennings
1988: Joy Biefeld
1989: April Heinrichs
1990: Michelle Akers
1991: Michelle Akers
1992: Carin Gabarra
1993: Kristine Lilly
1994: Mia Hamm
1995: Mia Hamm
1996: Mia Hamm
1997: Mia Hamm
1998: Mia Hamm
1999: Michelle Akers
2000: Tiffeny Milbrett
2001: Tiffeny Milbrett
2002: Shannon MacMillan
2003: Abby Wambach
2004: Abby Wambach
2005: Kristine Lilly
2006: Kristine Lilly
2007: Abby Wambach
2008: Carli Lloyd
2009: Hope Solo
2010: Abby Wambach
2011: Abby Wambach
2012: Alex Morgan

Story and video courtesy of www.ussoccer.com

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