Alex Morgan, with 18 national team goals, named top female player by U.S. Soccer

Alex Morgan, with 18 national team goals, named top female player by U.S. Soccer
Alex Morgan, coming off her second-most prolific goal-scoring year with the national team as her 18 goals helped the U.S. compile an 18-0-2 record and qualify for next year's Women's World Cup, was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the second time. Morgan scored at least one goal in 11 of the 19 games in which she appeared for the U.S. in 2018, including a hat trick against Japan during the summer's Tournament of Nations. She scored seven goals in five games in the CONCACAF Women's Championship, including two goals in a semifinal win over Jamaica that secured World Cup qualification and a goal in the final against Canada. She tied for fifth on the national team with three assists and led all players with 1,500 minutes played. Morgan, who also scored five goals this season for the NWSL's Orlando Pride, is the ninth woman to win the award multiple times. She beat out U.S. teammates Julie Ertz, who won the award in 2017, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and...