Alex Morgan, the NWSL Golden Boot winner in 2022, leads the team with five goals. Girma, honored as Rookie of the Year and Defender of the Year last season, is the first player in NWSL history to achieve this feat. Both players bring unique strengths to the team, promising an unforgettable performance.
Morgan's journey with the USWNT began in 2010. She has scored an astonishing 121 goals and provided 49 assists in 206 matches. The 33-year-old Californian also played a key role in the FIFA Women's World Cup squads of 2011, 2015, and 2019, contributing to the team's victories in 2015 and 2019.
The first match will be against Vietnam on July 21st, followed by a highly anticipated rematch of the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands on July 26th. On August 1st, they will face Portugal.
During the World Cup, San Diego Wave fans will undoubtedly feel the absence of these extraordinary players in the NWSL Challenge Cup matches against the Portland Thorns, OL Reign, and Angel City. From July 21st to August 5th, both Morgan and Girma will wholeheartedly dedicate themselves to the pursuit of World Cup glory. However, excitement builds for their return on August 25th, when they will face Orlando Pride in a highly anticipated match.