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Examining Alex Morgan’s amazing goal totals – Part II

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(Part II of the numbers, looking at the young U.S. women’s team striker and her prodigious goal production. Part I is here.)

U.S. women’s team forward Alex Morgan has collected 22 goals in just 38 caps. Six players in the current player pool have scored 22 goals or more. Below is the amount of caps needed for each active player to reach the 22-goal mark.

Name/caps/era

  • Abby Wambach: 34 (2001 – 2004)
  • Alex Morgan: 38 (2010 – 2012)
  • Amy Rodriguez: 73 (2005 – 2012)
  • Carli Lloyd: 95 (2005 – 2010)
  • Heather O’Reilly: 97 (2002 – 2008)
  • Shannon Boxx: 142 (2003 – 2011)

What happens if we put the same statistic (the amount of caps it took to score 22 goals) in a historical context? How does Morgan’s goal rate stack up against the five most prolific goal-scorers in program history? In descending order, they are Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, and Tiffeny Milbrett. The answer? Quite well.

Name/caps/era

  • Michelle Akers: 22 (1985 – 1991)
  • Abby Wambach: 34 (2001 – 2004)
  • Alex Morgan: 38 (2010 – 2012)
  • Tiffeny Milbrett: 56 (1991 – 1996)
  • Mia Hamm: 60 (1987 – 1993)
  • Kristine Lilly: 72 (1987 – 1994)

Morgan is clearly keeping pace with other illustrious USWNT goal poachers of old. Let’s again compare her record against the top five goal-scorers in USWNT history. Only Michelle Akers and Abby Wambach had a larger goal tally at this point in their respective careers.

Name/amount of goals by 38th cap

  • Akers: 38
  • Wambach: 26
  • Morgan: 22
  • Milbrett: 12
  • Hamm: 12
  • Lilly: 7

Might Morgan be in contention for a historic year? She’s just 8 goals shy of the 20-goal threshold and it’s only April. If/when she reaches that milestone, she’ll become only the fourth USWNT player to score between 20 and 29 goals in a single calendar year.

Previous 20-goal year seasons:

  • Wambach – 2007– 20 goals
  • Milbrett – 1999 – 21 goals
  • Lilly – 1999 – 20 goals
  • Hamm – 1998 – 20 goals

And if we really want to get ahead of ourselves, only two players have scored 30 goals or more in one international campaign.

Previous 30-goal year seasons:

  • Akers – 1991 – 39 goals
  • Wambach – 2004 – 31 goals

Dig numerical patterns? Morgan will turn 23 on July 2. Abby Wambach had her most prolific year for the USWNT (31 goals) in the year in which she turned 24 years old. It was 25 years old for Akers, 26 for Hamm, 27 for Milbrett, and 28 for Lilly.

Morgan’s numbers are even more impressive given the improved global standard of women’s soccer today. With upmost respect to erstwhile USWNT stars, she’s operating on a different playing field. Adjustment to modern-era inflation might be required.

The 22 year-old’s goal production, much like her career, looks to be on a limitless trajectory.

Report: Manchester City makes final bid for John Stones

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 16:  Diego Costa of Chelsea and John Stones of Everton compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on January 16, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Manchester City has made a final push for Everton defender John Stones, and has set its last offer at $52 million. Last month, the Citizens made the same exact bid for the 22-year-old, which was rejected by Everton.

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City is said to be looking to avoid overpaying for Stones, after compensating Porto over $55 million for centerback Eliaquim Mangala two years ago.

While Stones has gone on record saying that he wants to play for manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, it remains to be seen if Everton will part ways with its prized defender.

NASL weekend preview: Rayo OKC faces stiff test against Minnesota

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Following a midweek loss against FC Edmonton, the New York Cosmos will try to rebound at home against Puerto Rico FC.

The Cosmos currently have two losses during the Fall Season, having conceded 10 goals in six matches, which is the second-most in NASL.

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With no unbeatens remaining, Spring Season champion Indy Eleven looks to keep its place near the top of the table against Miami FC.

Minnesota United looks to build off of its strong start against league leaders Rayo OKC, with the two teams separated by a mere two points.

Meanwhile, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers continue to search for their first win of the Fall Season against the struggling Jacksonville Armada.

Saturday

New York Cosmos vs. Puerto Rico FC

Ottawa Fury vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Jacksonville Armada

Miami FC vs. Indy Eleven

Rayo OKC vs. Minnesota United

Sunday

FC Edmonton vs. Carolina RailHawks

Liverpool keeper Karius to miss two months

MEYRIN, SWITZERLAND - JULY 22:   Loris Karius of 1. FSV Mainz 05 in action during the pre-season friendly match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and AS Monaco at Stade des Arberes on July 22, 2015 in Meyrin, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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He was tabbed to be Liverpool’s opening day starter in goal, but Loris Karius could now miss the first two months of the Premier League season after suffering a hand injury in Wednesday’s International Champions Cup loss against Chelsea.

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The 23-year-old was brought to the Reds this summer from Bundesliga side Mainz for over $6 million.

Karius opted not to represent Germany at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in order to avoid missing any game action with Liverpool. Unfortunately, the young keeper will now likely miss between eight and 10 weeks.

Italian legend Christian Vieri looks to make comeback

ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 19:  Christian Vieri poses with the UEFA Champions League Trophy during the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour 2012/13 on October 19, 2012 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images for UEFA)
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His career ended over seven years ago, but former Italy international Christian Vieri is looking to make an improbable comeback in a country that continues to attract big stars.

The 43-year-old Vieri is reportedly coming out of retirement to join the Chinese Super League, and posted a video on Twitter confirming his plans.

Last playing in 2009, Vieri finished his career where it began — in Italy — with Atalanta. During his career, the striker played for 10 clubs in his native country, while also spending time in Spain and France with Atletico Madrid and Monaco, respectively.

Vieri made his name with Inter Milan, where he recorded six straight seasons with double-digit goals. At the height of his career with Internazionale, Vieri netted 27 times across all competitions during the 2002/03 season.