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Alex Morgan Breaks Silence On 2024 Olympics Snub

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By Kelly Coffey-Behrens on June 26, 2024 at 5:00 PM EDT

Every sports fan assumed they would get to see iconic star athlete Alex Morgan, 34, represent Team USA at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

The superstar appeared on three U.S. Olympic teams, including the 2012 gold medal squad. Unfortunately, she was snubbed from the Olympic team, so a fourth appearance is off the table.

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Alex Morgan Doesn't Make The Cut

Alex Morgan at Sweden vs USA

On Wednesday, national team coach Emma Hayes praised the soccer star as "an amazing player and human" and said picking 18 players for the roster was "not easy."

“Making an Olympic roster is a huge privilege and an honor and there is no denying that it was an extremely competitive process among the players and that there were difficult choices, especially considering how hard everyone has worked over the past ten months,” Hayes shared in a statement, per US Weekly. “Choosing an 18-player roster plus alternates involved many considerations, but I am excited for the group we have selected and I’m looking forward to building on the work from last camp as we head into the Send-Off matches and then onto France."

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"These are great opportunities for us to continue to show the progress we are making," she added.

Hayes later spoke about the tough decision at a press conference. "It was a tough decision, of course, especially considering Alex's history and record with this team. But I felt that I wanted to go in another direction and selected other players," she said, per NPR.

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Breaking Her Silence

Following the news, Morgan released a statement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

"Today, I’m disappointed about not having the opportunity to represent our country on the Olympic stage," she began. "This will always be a tournament that is close to my heart and I take immense pride any time I put on the crest."

"In less than a month, I look forward to supporting this team and cheering them on alongside the rest of our country. LFG," she concluded.

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Alex Morgan Was 'Snubbed'

Alex Morgan posing with her hands in her pockets

After hearing the news, many soccer fans said Morgan got "snubbed."

"How can you leave behind one of the nation's best players??? Snubbed," one X user wrote. "Haven’t been following for a bit but this caught me off guard. Wow.." another said.

"How can you leave behind one of the nation's greatest players? The disrespect is real," a third wrote.

Meanwhile, one social media user expressed their disappointment in a lengthy post.

"I started watching women’s soccer when my friend invited me to a bar in Sea Cliff, NY, to watch the 2011 World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan. I saw a 22-year-old phenom, Alex Morgan, while fighting a defender, score a beautiful left-footed goal right into the corner in her first major tournament," they began.

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Leaving Behind A Legacy

The X user later added, "I haven’t stopped watching women’s soccer since then. In my opinion, there is more passion and definitely less acting than in men’s soccer. Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan started a revolution in American women’s sports and paved the way for so much new talent in American soccer."

"Thank you for everything, Alex! You have been an inspiration to all of us, including my two girls," they continued. "It's sad and disappointing, Alex. But America and the world love you and will always remember your immense contribution to the sport. You will always be a legend for the world, a role model for girls like my daughters, and hopefully a great mom for your children."

Who Made Team USA?

The Team USA roster includes forwards Crystal Dunn, Trinity Rodman, Jaedyn Shaw, Sophia Smith, and Mallory Swanson; midfielders Korbin Albert, Sam Coffey, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle and Catarina Macario; defenders Tierna Davidson, Emily Fox, Naomi Girma, Casey Krueger, Jenna Nighswonger and Emily Sonnett; and goaltenders Casey Murphy and Alyssa Naeher.

The alternates are Lynn Williams, Croix Bethune, Hal Hershfelt, and Jane Campbell.

The 2024 Paris Olympics kick off on July 26.

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