Amy Rodriguez dominates Chicago; propels KC to Final

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Amy Rodriguez is a member of many teams: the United States Women’s National Team, FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League, and theoretically, Bill Simmons’ “Reggie Cleveland All-Stars.” Rodriguez is FCKC’s leader in assists, goals and shots. She is the focal point of their offense.

Today, she dominated the first of the two NWSL semifinal matches, scoring two goals in the first 25 minutes, as visiting KC routed Chicago 3-0. The Red Stars surrendered three goals in a 13 minute span that essentially rendered the remaining 65+ minutes irrelevant.

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World Cup Analyst Heather Mitts on post Sepp Blatter FIFA

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As a studio analyst for the Women’s World Cup, former U.S. Women’s National Team star defender and three-time Olympic Gold medalist Heather Mitts says the timeline for finding the next leadership is in FIFA’s favor:

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Alex Morgan: USA’s World Cup hero (photos and bio)

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The countdown to the women’s World Cup begins. #13 Alex Morgan is the face of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She is the USWNT’s hero. To help you get ready for the summer soccer tournament spectacular, we’re going to profile some of the more important players on the roster, starting with Alex Morgan.

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Alex Morgan dresses as McKayla Maroney for Halloween (PHOTO)

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It’s Halloween, and as such time to revisit the Alex Morgan Halloween costume. Here she is dressed as McKayla Maroney.

Here USWNT partner-in-crime Sydney Leroux went as fellow member of the Fab Five, oh wait my bad, apologies to the Michigan Wolverines, Fierce Five, as Gabby Douglas.

See the photo and compare/contrast after the jump.

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Picture of Alex Morgan Bathing in Ice

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Alex Morgan tweeted this out.  A picture of herself, Alex Morgan and soccer team mate Whitney Engen taking an ice bath.

As soccer season as already started, and it’s still winter in many parts of the country, there’s plenty of snow and ice at soccer games. Just no Alex Morgan taking an ice bath.

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Alex Morgan Katy Perry photo shoot video

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Alex Morgan Katy Perry? Brilliant.

ESPN the Magazine will soon release a music-themed issue. Many figures from across the world of sports were used to recreate famous images from the music world: Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman became Michael Jackson on the cover of Thriller, Ryan Lochte became the baby from the Nirvana Nevermind cover etc. For as much as I rip the WWL, I have to hand it to the evil empire when they get things right; as they did here.

Alex Morgan, the gorgeous soccer star and USWNT striker became pop tart Katy Perry, as seen on the cover of her album One of the Boys. The video shows the transformation:

 

Morgan is right that she normally doesn’t look at all like Perry. Take a looksie

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As you can see Perry has something Morgan doesn’t. It’s two things actually. An most high level athletes don’t have those two things anymore, because those things are largely composed of fat, and most elite athletes don’t have any fat.

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Alex Morgan’s hot new Nike ad (photo)

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Alex Morgan is back with a new advertisement for Nike and Dick’s sporting goods. Check it out after the jump

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USA wins in Mexico for first time ever, 1-0

The US women’s gold-medal winning team may have dominated American soccer headlines the past month, but the US men have just made a resounding statement of their own.  For the first time ever, the men’s national team has defeated Mexico on Mexican soil, thanks to late tally from Michael Orozco Fiscal.  The game-winner, which was created by a trio of US substitutes, silenced the crowd at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, leading to just the second non-defeat for the US in 25 matches played against its rivals in Mexico. [Read more…]

Alex Morgan supports Barca, Lionel Messi (photo and video)

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After the jump, you can see a photo of USA women’s soccer player Alex Morgan with a Barça jersey. And a video interview.

She also expressed her support on the FC Barcelona website:

The star of Team USA has been visiting the club, which she says are her favourite team, because “they do magic on the field. I’m so happy to see them get as many trophies as they have”

Morgan, who played in a charity match in Washington during the US Tour, tries to catch as many Barça games on TV as she can.

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Confused Robert Griffin III thinks he met Alex Morgan; actually Tobin Heath

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Robert Griffin III will go second overall to the Washington Redskins on Thursday when the NFL draft commences. His new boss Daniel Snyder hopes that RG3 will be better at identifying open receivers than he is at identifying U.S. women’s soccer players. The Heisman trophy winner took to Twitter to brag about meeting hottie striker Alex Morgan.

Only it was actually Tobin Heath. Here’s the timeline correspondence:

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Alex Morgan game winner! U.S. edges Canada 4-3 in OT semifinal

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With her game-winning goal, 23-year-old Alex Morgan became the youngest player to score 20 goals in one year for the U.S Women’s National soccer team.The young striker  scored her first goal since netting two in the opening game of pool play versus France. The prolific scorer ended her drought tonight as the U.S. edged Canada 4-3 in extra time.

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Alex Morgan body paint bikini pics broke the internet

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Three female athletes will appear in Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit issue, which comes out next Tuesday, Feb. 14. The trio will be part of the popular “bodypaint” feature. One of the athletes featured is U.S. women’s soccer star Alex Morgan. Yes, Alex Morgan literally wearing nothing, but a “painted on” bikini. I’m making you read the whole post to see this one.

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