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SAD NEWS: Alex Morgan have just done something bad.

Jun 4, 2024; St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; US US Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan (13) celebrates the teams win after the game against the Korea Republic at Allianz Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Morgan left out of US soccer squad, likely ending international career.

Alex Morgan, one of the last links to the great US women’s soccer team dynasty, was left out of the Paris US Olympic squad on Wednesday, likely signaling the end of her international career.

It will be the first time since the 2008 Olympics that forward Morgan will not suit up for the US in a major competition.

Recovering from an ankle injury, the 34-year-old had been fighting for fitness but the twice World Cup winner has had limited playing time with her NWSL club the San Diego Wave and has no goals and just one assist from eight games.

“Today, I’m disappointed about not having the opportunity to represent my country on the Olympic stage,” posted Morgan on social media. “This will always be a tournament that is close to my heart and I take immense pride an time I put on the crest.

“In less than a month I look forward to supporting this team and cheering them on alongside the rest of our country.”

With only 18 roster spots for the Olympics, coach Emma Hayes was forced to make some hard choices.

 

“It was a tough decision, especially considering Alex’s history and record with this team, but I felt I wanted to go in another direction and selected other players,” Hayes told reporters on a call.

Hayes, the highly successful Chelsea manager who has been charged with returning the four-time gold medallists to glory, said she needed an adaptable squad given the tight turnaround between games.

“I think it’s a balanced roster,” she said.

 

“I’ve considered all the factors that we’re going to need throughout the Olympics and it’s one that I’m really happy with.”

 

Even without Morgan, the US will not lack for experience with eight players back from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where they won bronze.

Familiar names returning to the roster include veteran goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, midfielder Lindsey Horan and forward Crystal Dunn.

The US head to Paris eager to move past their worst-ever World Cup campaign last year when they exited in the round of 16.

The US team will come together on July 8 to face Mexico in a friendly in New Jersey, and will take on Costa Rica on July 16 in Washington in their final Olympic tune-up.

The US open Group B play at the Games on July 25 against Zambia at Stade de Nice in Nice.

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