It seems like forever ago that Alex Morgan made her debut. In three short years, she has gone from raw talent — a kid out of the University of California, unknown on the international level — to one of the best players in the world.
Morgan debuted on March 31, 2010 in the famous snow angel match, a 1-0 win over Mexico in a blizzard in Sandy, Utah. That began a stretch that would see Morgan go from occasional late game substitute, to 2011 World Cup super sub, to world-beater at the 2012 London Olympics.
And her rate of scoring has been unmatched, as Peter Hirdt from Elias Sports Bureau points out. Morgan has 41 goals after three full years with the US women’s national team. That’s nine more goals than Abby Wambach, currently four goals off the pace of Mia Hamm’s all-time goals record of 158, had after three full years with the national team.
Here’s the statistic from Hirdt, which shows Natasha Kai as the third-most prolific scorer through three years with 24 goals:
ICYMI AlexMorgan made her debut 3 yrs ago yesterday. Most goals by 3d anniversary of #USWNT debut: Morgan 41, AbbyWambach 32, NatashaKai 24.
— Peter Hirdt (@PeterHirdt) April 1, 2013
Sydney Leroux has 16 goals in just over two years since her debut. Leroux played for five minutes on Jan. 21, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sweden and waiting a full year to see the field again for the United States.
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