Dec 3, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT
In an announcement every bit as surprising as white lines on a soccer field, Alex Morgan was named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year on Monday.
No, it cannot register a smidge of shock that the U.S. scoring leader this year (28 goals, third-best all time behind Abby Wambach’s 31 in 2004 and Michelle Akers’ 39 in 1991) and assist leader (19 assists in 2012, fourth best all-time) would gain the honor.
The award is decided through voting split evenly between fans (50 percent) and votes compiled from national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (50 percent).
Enjoy a look back at her year while considering that Morgan is still just 23 years old.
That is to say, this fantastic U.S. striker probably has a couple more of these in her future:
- Vancouver sends Nigel Reo-Coker to Chivas USA for Mauro Rosales 0
- Tim Howard taking a break from U.S. international duty 5
- Report: Xabi Alonso heading to Manchester United 9
- Mario Balotelli edging closer to shock $26 million Liverpool switch 16
- Thursday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Tiote to Arsenal, Destro to Chelsea 0
- Angel Di Maria gets love from Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos and Diego Simeone 2