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Happy Birthday, Alex Morgan

Jul 2, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

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It was just the other day that Abby Wambach made some history, gaining sole possession of the all-time scoring record in women’s international soccer. She has 160 goals for the United States, two better at this point than former teammate Mia Hamm.

Wambach isn’t finished, either. But at 33 you wonder how many years the Rochester native has left in the international game?

And it’s also fair to wonder if Wambach is just holding onto the record until Alex Morgan catches up?

Morgan has 44 goals in the U.S. shirt, and she’s just 24 years old. In fact, she is barely 24 years old, turning that age just today.

So we’ll take this opportunity to wonder how high Morgan can take her total. Aside from already being the face of women’s soccer in the United States (the photo above is from Nike), she’s got all the ability in the world: speed, instincts, anticipation, toughness and clinical finishing skills. And it’s all contained in a well-grounded package of humility.

So, happy birthday, Alex Morgan! We’ll be watching for the next big strike. And counting.

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