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Early Olympics bow out motivation for U.S. going into the World Cup – Alex Morgan

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Early Olympics bow out motivation for U.S. going into the World Cup – Alex Morgan

Early Olympics bow out motivation for U.S. going into the World CupAlex Morgan

Alex Morgan says the United States’ poor performance in the 2016 Olympics will serve as motivation as they look to hoist the World Cup trophy again in France.

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Early Olympics bow out motivation for U.S. going into the World Cup – Alex Morgan

SHOWS: ENFIELD NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 06, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. FORWARD, ALEX MORGAN, SAYING: "I think for myself, at least, 2016 (Olympics) was really big for this team because we bowed out so early, earlier than we ever have in a major tournament.

So, I definitely look upon that for motivation and encouragement because I never want to feel the way that I felt after that tournament.

So, looking ahead now, I think that this team is more… the personnel is more from '16, so I think we have to look at how we can turn around and continue to hold that number 1 ranking and really prove what we've been working on and what we can put forward in this tournament to show our best when the pressure is on.

And I believe we can do that.

But for me, it's more jarred on '16 because that stinks." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENDER, KELLEY O'HARA, SAYING: "I think that this World Cup is going to be really exciting.

And I think there's going to be a lot of teams that might be considered dark horses and do really well.

So, I think that's what's great about the women's game is that the gap between the top and the bottom has just continued to close over the years.

And this is the tightest that it's ever been.

At any point, any team could win.

You know, when you start the tournament, anyone could be standing at the top at the end." 3.

U.S. FORWARD, ALEX MORGAN, DRIBBLING A BALL AND JOGGING WITH TEAM MATES STORY: As the United States look to retain their Women's World Cup title, star forward Alex Morgan said the squad hopes to draw strength from their disappointing showing in the 2016 Olympics when the side was knocked out in the quarter-finals.

"I definitely look upon that for motivation and encouragement because I never want to feel the way that I felt after that tournament," Morgan told reporters after a training session at their camp in London on Thursday (June 6).

The United States may be favourites at the tournament which gets underway in France on Friday (June 7), but defender Kelley O'Hara said other teams have grown up over the years and pose a threat as the U.S. try to march to their fourth World Cup title.

"I think there's going to be a lot of teams that might be considered dark horses and do really well.

So, I think that's what's great about the women's game is that the gap between the top and the bottom has just continued to close over the years.

And this is the tightest that it's ever been.

At any point, any team could win," O'Hara said.

O'Hara also said it is hard to call the U.S. squad a dynasty because of the turn over of players since the last time they hosted the World Cup trophy in Canada in 2015.

The eighth edition of the Women's World Cup will be contested by 24 teams in nine cities across France, with the hosts facing South Korea in the opening game at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

The top two in each of the six qualifying groups will advance to the knockout stages, where they will be joined by the four best third-placed teams. The United States look to have secured a relatively easy draw with their first two games against Chile and Thailand, but Sweden will pose a problem in their final encounter, which is likely to decide the outcome of Group F.




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