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Alex Morgan was born on July 2, 1989 in San Dimas, CA where she grew up with her two sisters, Jeni and Jeri. She played many sports as she grew up. She started playing soccer at the age of 14 and when she went to Diamond Bar high school she was even a three-time-all leauge pick and was named an NSCAA All-American.

After finishing high school she went to the University of California at Berkeley and led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament each year.

Later in her life she joined the Women's FIFA World Cup in 2008 and scored the winning goal in the finals against North Korea.

A couple of years later she got picked to be on the 2011 Women's Professional Soccer championship international and was even the youngest on the team. At the end of the 2011 season WPS league suspended play.

She later joined the Portland Thorns FC of The National Women's Soccer League. Alex Morgan scored her first goal for the Thorns at the teams-opener game at Jeld-Wen field deafeating the Seattle Reign FC 2-1. She ended the season as the teams's point leader and scoring eight goals and 5 assists with the team coming in third in the league.

Next year she got a spot on the US Olympic women's soccer team in 2012 in London during the Summer Olympics she won her first Olympic medal. The American soccer womens team beat Japan womens soccer 2-1 watched by about 80,300 people, the larest crowd in Olympics history.

A few years later in 2016 Alex Morgan and her teamates filed a complaint of wage discription against US Soccer for players on the women's and men's national team. That summer they were up against Sweden and in the 78th minute Alex Morgan scored a crucial game-tying goal. However, they lost at the end in a pentalty shootout.

 

Hope Solo was born on July 30, 1981 in Richland, WA. She has two siblings, a sister and a brother named Teresa and Marcus.

When she was in high school she was forward for the Richland High School soccer team and scored 109 goals and was even named an All-American twice.

However when she went into college, University of Washingtion she moved to goalkeeper. Hope Solo was even named an NSCAA All-American in her last three years.

Later in her life she soon became one of the most famous goalies. She became the top goalie in 2005, playing 1,054 minutes. However as soon as her career was about to start and turn into something big her coach decided to bench her in the semifinals aganist Brazil in 2007. In the end they did lose and she publicly aired her frustration. "It was the wrong decision, and I think anybody that knows anything about the game knows that. There's no doubt in my mind I would have made those saves," she told NBC Sports.

After this she was let go from the rest of the competition but Solo didn't let that bring down her confidence. She came back and assited the US Womens Natioanl Soccer team and became an Olympic gold medalist in 2008 and 2012. She even helped US Womens Soccer team defeat Brazil in the the quater-final at penalty kicks. By doing this she recieved the best goalkeeper award of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 also known as Golden Glove.

Solo was doing an amazing job and loving the sport but sadly in 2016 her career led to an end. At the 2016 Rio Olympics she was unable to save her team in the quaterfinals against Sweden during a penalty kick shootout. Shortly after she called her opponents a "bunch of cowards" for their playing style. After saying this US Soccer announced that Solo would be suspended for six months and that her contract would be terminated immediately.

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