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Alex Morgan is not going to Paris Olympics from US soccer team

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Alex Morgan who considered a key player in the US women’s national soccer team for many years will not be participating in the Olympics this summer in Paris. US soccer confirmed this news on Wednesday when they revealed their squad list for the tournament.

It will be her first time missing out on an Olympic Games since 2008 which likely marks the end of her career at such competitions.

In July when she turns 35, Alex Morgan will have represented the U.S at three Olympics including winning gold with them at London 2012. She has also been instrumental in four different World Cup campaigns winning it twice.

The striker has made over 220 appearances for her country scoring 123 goals – the fifth most all-time among American women’s players – and providing 53 assists. Posting her feelings on X, a social media platform, Alex Morgan said. “I am really sad today thinking that I won’t get to go to the Olympics and play for my country.

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I can’t wait though until less than a month from now cheering on this team like every other person in our nation.” “She is an extraordinary footballer and a great human being,” Emma Hayes. Coach of the national team told reporters during a news conference where she sang praises for the forward.

She pointed out how difficult it was choosing only 18 players out of many talented individuals while considering their achievements as well as what they bring into matches.

The US women’s national team wants to restart after poor display in recent international tournaments.

The team won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 by losing to Canada in the semifinal match which was a painful defeat. Last year they knocked out of the world cup at the earliest stage. When they lost to Sweden in a penalty shootout during the round of 16.

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Its current position is fifth place on FIFA world ranking list for women’s national teams. This represents their lowest since these rankings began more than two decades ago.

U.S Soccer reported that there are 18 players with an average age of 26.8 years in the new Olympic team. This makes it the fourth youngest side they have ever sent to any Olympics.

Team roaster:

  1. Forwards: Crystal Dunn, Trinity Rodman, Jaedyn Shaw, Sophia Smith and Mallory Swanson
  2. Midfielders: Korbin Albert, Sam Coffey, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle and Catarina Macario
  3. Defenders: Tierna Davidson, Emily Fox, Naomi Girma, Casey Krueger, Jenna Nighswonger and Emily Sonnett
  4. Goalkeepers: Casey Murphy and Alyssa Naeher
  5. Alternates: Lynn Williams, Croix Bethune, Hal Hershfelt and Jane Campbell

Before the Olympics start the team will play two international friendly matches next month against Mexico and Costa Rica. Their Olympic campaign set on July 25 with a match against Zambia.

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