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San Diego coach on Alex Morgan’s scoring drought: ‘The goals will come’

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Alex Morgan hasn’t scored since May.

The 34-year-old forward has five goals on the NWSL season, but she has not scored for club or country since a regular season matchup between the San Diego Wave and Houston Dash on May 20. She was the leading scorer in the NWSL last season with 15 goals.

But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been instrumental for the first-place Wave.

“I thought Alex Morgan was outstanding last game,” Wave head coach Casey Stoney said Thursday. “I think she hit every bit of woodwork possible, but that’s what she can do. She can keep getting in the right areas, keep taking the shots and it’ll come.

“You don’t go from being a world-class striker to being a poor player overnight. She’s a fantastic player. She’s still a world-class striker and the goals will come. Her contributions this season for us have been magnificent even when she’s not scoring goals, so keeping her in a good space is important.”

If there was a time for Morgan to get scoring, it would be now. There are four games left in the regular season before the Wave start their playoff run.

“It excites me actually,” Stoney said, “the amount of opportunity she is getting and the amount we are creating as a team. If we can start turning them into goals, wins become more comfortable.”