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Morgan named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year

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U.S. women's national team wins Algarve Cup

Alex Morgan's breakout year for the U.S. women's national team has earned her top honors from the American federation, as she was named the 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year on Monday.

Morgan had 28 goals and 19 assists for the U.S. women in 2012 and still has three games left to play before the year is up. Those totals are currently third-best and fourth-best, respectively, for a single year by a U.S. woman. Abby Wambach's 31 goals in 2004 are currently the most scored in a calendar year.

Morgan, on the shortlist for FIFA's female Ballon d'Or, was an essential piece of the gold-medal-winning U.S. women's side that triumphed in London this summer. She scored the game-winning goal in a riveting 4-3 extra-time victory over Canada in the Olympic semifinals and scored three goals in the tournament overall.

Wambach had won the award the last two years and remains tied with Mia Hamm -- who won consecutive honors from 1994-1998 -- with five award-winning years.

The award is voted on by fans, media and U.S. Soccer coaches and executives. Morgan joins Clint Dempsey (top male), Rubio Rubin (top young male), U.S. women's Under-20 captain Julie Johnston (top young female) and Felicia Schroder (top disabled athlete) as the 2012 honorees.

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