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AYSO Alumni Lead U.S. Women to Championship

AYSO alum Alex Morgan helped lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a 4-2 victory in the Algarve Cup's championship match against Iceland in Portugal on Wednesday, March 9. Alex scored the final goal, her third in the Cup - making her the 12-nation tournament's top scorer and winner of the Algarve Cup Golden Boot award.

"Alex Morgan comes off the bench, she gets one instruction and she scores a goal. Wonderful," said U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundage on Alex scoring the clinching goal in the 87th minute.

Also playing in the Algarve Cup's championship for the U.S. was AYSO alum Shannon Boxx, who assisted teammate Heather O'Reilly's goal at the start of the second half. The U.S. team gave a good showing Wednesday, coming from a goal down to outshoot Iceland 23-7.

"Pia told me to just go in there and make those diagonal runs and get in behind the outside backs and when I received the ball, don't lay it off, just turn and look for combinations or go to goal. So I kind of just did that and looked to play off Abby's flick and it worked with that one goal," said Alex on the instructions Coach Sundhage gave her when she came on in the 74th minute.

Other AYSO alums playing for the Women's National team include defender Rachel Buehler and forward Amy Rodriguez.

The U.S. Women's National Team is currently preparing for the FIFA Women's World Cup, which will be held June 26 - July 17, 2011 in Germany.

The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer). Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's soccer events, alongside the Women's World Cup and the Olympics.

Learn more about the U.S.Women's National Team and read more about the Algarve Cup Championship game.
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