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:
- United States wins third Women’s World Cup title, beats Japan on record-smashing day 2
- VIDEO: Watch every goal as USA lead Japan 4-1 in crazy first half of World Cup final 1
- VIDEO: Lloyd seals amazing 16 minute hat trick with wonder goal from halfway 2
- Sunday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Manchester City ready to spend, Spurs agree for Alderweireld 0
- Sepp Blatter claims French and German presidents influenced World Cup voters 1
- United States, Japan meet in Women’s World Cup final with high hopes back home 2