Alex Morgan becomes 13th USWNT player to reach 200 caps

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Alex Morgan made her 200th appearance for the United States Women’s National Team in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Germany.

She became the 13th player in USWNT history to do so and joins teammate Becky Sauerbrunn, who recorded her 200th cap in February.

Morgan started in Sunday’s game after also starting in Thursday’s 2-1 loss. She recorded an assist on the USWNT’s only goal in the loss.

On Saturday, Morgan called his 200th cap “surreal.”

“I almost feel like 100 was just a few years ago. And before that, my first cap,” she said. “I never take anything for granted and I’m just lucky and grateful to continue to represent the country here and now as one of the most capped players and one of the team’s veterans.”

A 12-year USWNT veteran, Morgan is a two-time World Cup champion and has been named Concacaf Player of the Year four times. She has 119 goals in her career with the USWNT, which places her fifth on the all-time list, as well as 47 assists, which ranks her 11th in team history.

She made her first USWNT appearance in 2010, appearing as a substitute against Mexico on March 31. It snowed during that game, which took place at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah.

“I remember it was the coldest game I’ve ever played,” Morgan said in 2018. “I’ve never played in the snow before, so maybe it was my first cap, I was a little nervous.

“Halfway through the second half, Abby [Wambach] scored and we had this game plan to make snow angels after she scored. I honestly didn’t know how to play in the snow, so Abby scored and we all went down to the corner flag and got down and did some snow angels. I just remember it was so much fun and thinking about the future of the national team and what it would be like with me. I was so excited at that time.

Since then, Morgan has seen veterans like Wambach come and go (Wambach played his last USWNT game in 2015). Now she’s playing the veteran, ushering in a new era of USWNT stars, and hopes to “continue to lead this team.”

“I was just very goofy and eager to learn and overwhelmed with everything when my first cap hit me and a lot of things have happened since then and obviously a lot of personnel change in terms of players,” she said Saturday. “A lot of what this team is about has stayed and it’s just been great to continue on this journey and continue to represent this team and this country for 12 years now.”

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