Morgan wins US women's soccer award

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SEATTLE — Forward Alex Morgan, who played for the Sounders Women this year, has won the U.S. Soccer Federation award as female athlete of the year.

National-team standout Morgan, 23, prevailed in voting that was weighted equally between fans on Facebook and representatives from U.S. Soccer and national media, federation officials announced Monday.

Morgan leads Team USA this year with 28 goals, including the deciding score in the 123rd minute of the United States’ 4-3 victory over Canada in the Olympic semifinals. The Americans proceeded to win the gold medal at the London Games.

Morgan, 23, also leads the U.S. team with 19 assists.

“I want to keep improving and continue to make an impact on this team,” she said. “I want to continue to put the team first, help the team grow and obviously the World Cup in 2015 is on our minds every day.”

Last month, Clint Dempsey was honored as U.S. Soccer’s male athlete of the year.

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