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Stars Next Door

Meet seven breakthrough athletes poised to shine in 2011 and beyond

Updated: December 29, 2010, 12:07 PM ET
By Shaun Assael, Luke Cyphers, Max Klinger, Ryan McGee and Alyssa Roenigk. Photographs by Gillian Laub. | ESPN The Magazine

ALEX MORGAN

AGE: 21 | HOME: Diamond Bar, Calif.

The youngest member of the U.S. national team, Morgan scored its biggest goal of 2010, drilling a shot in stoppage time for a 1-0 win over Italy in a crucial World Cup qualifier on Nov. 20. (A month earlier, the fleet forward nailed a left-footed equalizer in the 83rd minute of a friendly with China.) "She can score with either foot or with her head," says soccer analyst Tony DiCicco, coach of the U.S. squad that won ...

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