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Olympics hero Alex Morgan to play for Portland Thorns FC

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Olympics and World Cup hero Alex Morgan will play on the Portland Thorns in the new women's soccer league that starts in 2013.

Morgan will also be joined on the team by Canadian star Christine Sinclair, who played college soccer at the University of Portland.

In 2011, Morgan became the first player to ever record a goal and an assist in a World Cup final.

In 2012, she scored three goals in six games to help lead the U.S. to its third consecutive Olympic gold medal.

Morgan visited Portland with the U.S. Women's National Team back in November. She scored a hat trick to help the U.S. beat Ireland 5-0 at JELD-WEN Field.

Other players named to the Thorns team: Marlene Sandoval, of Mexico; Luz Saucedo, of Mexico; Karina LeBlanc, of Canada; and Tobin Heath and Rachel Buehler, of the U.S.

A schedule for the National Women's Soccer League 2013 season hasn't been set yet, but Thorns FC is accepting $25 refundable season ticket deposits.

Other notable players in the NWSL: Megan Rapinoe on Seattle Reign FC, Hope Solo on Seattle Reign FC, Christie Rampone on Sky Blue FC, Abby Wambach on the Western New York Flash.

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