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Alex Morgan's First Goal in a World Cup Helps Propel USA into Finals

July 15, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Western New York Flash News Release

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 14, 2011) - Western New York Flash and U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) forward Alex Morgan scored her first World Cup goal in the semi-final game on Wednesday, as the U.S. women advanced to the finals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.

Morgan scored the third goal for the U.S. in the 82nd minute to put them ahead of France3-1 in their semi-final match on Wednesday in Germany. Abby Wambach, a Western New York native, scored the game winner just a few minutes prior in the 79th. Morgan is youngest player on the national team at age 22, and has been quite effective coming off the bench in the second half as an impact player. Although this is her first goal in the World Cup, she already has 7 goals in 22 caps for the U.S. team.

Morgan has appeared in four matches for the U.S. in the World Cup, and is expected to play in the final against Japan on Sunday, which can be watched on ESPN at 2 p.m. ET.

ESPNW interview:

Morgan's feelings on her goal: "Amazing, I've been waiting for it, I've gotten some opportunities and haven't put them away so finally I had one more chance and got the goal."

Alex Morgan on being one game away from the title: "This journey has been incredible and it wasn't the prettiest soccer today but we pulled it out and I'm so happy for this team. I love my teammates and coaching staff, they've done so much for us."

Alex Morgan on Abby Wambach's performance: "Abby is just one of those players that motivates you, one of those players that always has your back, wants you to score, wants you to get in there, and it's nice to see it come around to her."

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