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December 4, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Alex Morgan wins Female Athlete of the Year from U.S. Soccer (Tuesday links)

As Alex Morgan puts together one of the great years U.S. Soccer has ever seen, it should be no surprise the superstar forward was named Female Athlete of the Year by the federation yesterday.

Morgan, who starred for the Sounders Women this past summer, leads the USWNT with 28 goals in 2012, the third-most in program history in a calendar year (1. Michelle Akers, 39 in 1991; 2. Abby Wambach, 31 in 2004). Her 19 assists are also most on the team.

There are three USWNT games left this year, so Morgan — a FIFA Ballon d’Or finalist — has time to add to those totals.

Here’s a Q&A with Morgan, also known locally for being the significant other of Sounders FC midfielder Servando Carrasco.

Let’s get to some links:

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— Monday was a wild day as the MLS roster freeze was lifted, though a lot of the moves we knew were coming from previous reports. One was the trade that sent the Real Salt Lake duo of Jamison Olave and Fabian Espindola to New York.

— Another was Portland‘s acquisition of Real Salt Lake midfielder Will Johnson.

— Action continued in the Rose City, where the Timbers acquired Sporting KC defender Michael Harrington in exchange for allocation money.

Portland sent defender Kosuke Kimura and a draft pick to the Red Bulls for homegrown rights to Bryan Gallego and allocation money. Soccer By Ives provided more details through sources.

— Elsewhere, Vancouver picked up an international roster slot from Colorado in exchange for forward Atiba Harris. The Canadian side also reportedly declined the contract option of 2011 draft pick Michael Nanchoff.

Real Salt Lake also sent forward Justin Braun to Toronto FC for defender Aaron Maund.

— Wait, one more from Portland, where defender Eric Brunner was sent to Houston for allocation money.

— Another Timber might also be on the way out.

— Here’s some background on recent roster moves by D.C. United, here’s an update on FC Dallas scouting efforts, here are some more interesting notes from the MLS Cup, and some Scottish forwards from Cascadia were spotted training with Rangers.

— Also, it sounds like the Galaxy’s offseason tour is off, Philadelphia is sending Zach Pfeffer to train with Hoffenheim, and the commissioner’s comments of a New York stadium being at the finish line might’ve been a little premature.

— Keep on the lookout for a Sounders-Timbers book in February.

— Seattle University will be inducting former goalkeeper Jeremiah Doyle into its athletic hall of fame as part of the 2013 class. Also, UW women’s coaches and players will be running clinics from Jan. 11 to Feb. 8.

— USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann talked about what Jermaine Jones brings to the team in this ProSoccerTalk piece.

Steve Zakuani chatted with college students in my hometown of Bellingham the other day.

— Lastly, tickets are on sale for the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, the preseason tournament Sounders FC will be participating in. The event final will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.


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