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Alex Morgan quickly rises high

The U.S. women's national team's youngest player at 21 has become the spark it needs

Updated: June 29, 2011, 7:51 PM ET
By Scott French | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- The youngest player on the U.S. roster for the upcoming Women's World Cup could turn out to be the most vital. Think of Alex Morgan, just 21, as the Americans' closer: When they need some late offense, it's her they turn to.

The slashing striker from Diamond Bar has enjoyed a meteoric rise with the U.S. women's national team over the last year and a half, but the seeds were planted well before she was born -- in Mike and Pam Morgan's desperation for a son -- and ...

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