Alex Morgan: Will She Lead Team USA to Victory – Again?

Alex Morgan, U.S. Women's Soccer Team Preps to Play Japan
Alex Morgan
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08/07/2012 AT 08:10 AM EDT

In the 123rd minute of the game, the most nail-biting, game-maker of times, Alex Morgan scored the goal that landed the U.S. a sweet, but close, 4-3 victory over Canada.

"I can't remember ever feeling this way after scoring a goal," the rising soccer star, 23, said later Monday, according to Sports Illustrated. "It's just so exhilarating."

But she may be feeling something else come Thursday, when the women's soccer gold medal match pits Team USA against Japan: déjá vu.

The last time the two teams met was described teammate Abby Wambach as "heartbreaking." The Japanese women's soccer team defeated the U.S. for the 2011 World Cup title, which they swooped up with penalty kicks. (Morgan helped the U.S. slide ahead at one point in the game with a goal.)

But the team was already looking ahead at the prospect of Olympic gold on the heels of their fall.

"Hopefully we qualify and get to London," Wambach said at the time. "I'm proud we never gave up and their country is very proud of them. Japan kept coming and didn't give up, and in the end, they are the champs."

The rematch against the Japanese team, which secured its spot in the final after defeating the French team, means the Americans will have to face their rivals again, including standout players such as Yuki Ogimi, Miho Fukumoto, Mizuho Sakaguchi.

Tell us in the comments below: Does Team USA have what it takes to win round two?

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