Alex Morgan
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Alex Morgan began 2013 finishing third in the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, and the indefatigable forward has carried that form as the calendar has worn on. In January she joined the newly-formed Portland Thorns. Morgan swiftly formed a potent spearhead with Canadian striker Christine Sinclair which propelled the Thorns to the inaugural National Women's Soccer League title, with the American finishing at the top end of the competition’s scoring and assists charts. The Californian, who turned 24 in July, also dazzled at international level. Morgan’s goal earned USA a draw with Sweden that sent them through to the Algarve Cup final, in which she scored both goals in a 2-0 defeat of Germany.