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Morgan and Leroux combine for five
November 29th, 2012 12:40AM

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[USA-IRELAND] Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux are the U.S. attacking duo of the future. Morgan and Leroux, who led the USA to the 2008 Under-20 Women's World Cup title, combined for all five goals as the USA beat Ireland, 5-0, in a women's friendly Wednesday night in Portland, Ore.

Morgan had the first three goals in the first half, and Leroux added two goals after coming on for Megan Rapinoe on the hour mark.

The game drew a crowd of more than 10,000 fans on a chilly night in Portland, one of the eight cities that will have teams in the new women's league.

The USA improved its record to 24-1-3 in 2012.

-- Christie Rampone played in her 272nd career match, tying Julie Foudy for third place on the USA all-time caps list.

-- Heather O'Reilly and Shannon Boxx both played in their 176th career game, tying Shannon MacMillan for 10th.

Nov. 28 in Portland, Ore.
USA 5 Ireland 0. Goals: Morgan 24, 34, 44, Leroux 62, 81.
USA -- Solo (Barnhart, 46); Mitts (O'Hara, 46), Rampone, Buehler, Sauerbrunn; Rapinoe (Rodriguez, 59), Lloyd, Cheney, Heath (O'Reilly, 46); Morgan (Leroux, 59), Wambach (Boxx, 46)
Ireland -- Byrne; Perry (McDonnell, 46), Quinn, Tracey, De Burca; Fahey (Grant, 57), Russell, O'Gorman (Smyth, 46), Caldwell; F.O'Sullivan, D.O'Sullivan (Littlejohn, 90+2).
Att.: 10,092



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  1. James Madison
    commented on: December 2, 2012 at 7:03 p.m.
    When Rapinoe is "on," as she was tonight, she is the most technically proficient and quick witted player on the team. If she and Morgan could find 8 other field players at their level, they could play "total soccer."


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