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Alex Morgan becomes 13th USWNT player to reach 200 caps

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Alex Morgan made her 200th appearance for the U.S. women’s national team during Sunday’s 2-1 win against 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 lone goal in the defeat.

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

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

A 12-year veteran of the USWNT, 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 puts her fifth on the all-time list, as well 47 assists, which ranks 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 being the coldest game I’d ever played in,” Morgan said in 2018. “I had never played in snow before so it possibly being my first cap I was a little bit nervous.

“Halfway through the second half Abby [Wambach] scored and we had this game plan to do snow angels after she scored. Honestly I didn’t know how to play in the snow so Abby scored and we all went down to the corner flag and dropped down and did snow angels. I just remember that being so much fun and thinking about the future of the national team and what it would look like with me on it. I was just so excited in that moment.”

Since then, Morgan has watched as veterans like Wambach have come and gone (Wambach played her last USWNT game in 2015). Now she plays the veteran, ushering in a new age of USWNT stars, and hopes “to continue leading this team.”

“I was just very wide-eyed and eager to learn and overwhelmed with everything when my first cap hit me and a lot has 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 continued to remain and it’s just great to continue to be on this journey and be to continue to represent this team and this country for 12 years now.”