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Golden Flashbacks: Alex Morgan makes her USWNT Debut March 31, 2010

The former Cal standout soccer player made her United States Women’s National Team debut 10 years ago

California Golden Bears v Washington State Cougars Photo by Collegiate Images via Getty Images

She’s since transcended the sport. Been featured on the cover of dozens of magazines. Won gold medals. But 10 years ago today, it all began on the national stage for former Cal soccer standout Alex Morgan.

Making her first appearance on March 31, 2010 for the United States Women’s National Team in a snow game, Morgan has since become one of sport’s most famous athletes today. It all began in Sandy, Utah.

But truly, it all began even sooner than that and her college career was no different.

Morgan finished her illustrious four-year career as the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 45 goals and third-most points at 107. She did all of that while only playing 12 games as a senior while she was away obtaining her first cap with the USWNT, listed above.

She led the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament in all four years and her superlatives from the Pac-12 coaches speak for themselves:

“Cal’s biggest scoring threat”
“Her time with the U.S. under-23 national team has enhanced her overall ability, making her a much more mature and complete player.”
“Plays with great pace, is great in the air and has a knack for finishing with both feet”
“Has become more of a complete player”
“Can take players on 1-v-1 and slash in behind the backline”
“Has developed her back to pressure capabilities, which has made her harder to defend”

Her life after Cal is widely documented but we’re certainly glad she’s a Cal Bear through and through.