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Alex Morgan On Her Hope For Women’s Soccer

By Lisa Costantini | March 08, 2016, 5:13 p.m. (ET)

Alex Morgan poses at the NBC/United States Olympic Committee promotional shoot on Nov. 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, Calif.

LOS ANGELES – March 8 is International Women’s Day — a day to show love, respect and appreciation for females around the world. So it was only fitting that two members of the U.S. women’s soccer team video conferenced in to the Team USA Media Summit on Tuesday to answer questions about their hopes for women’s soccer and their anticipation for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

Team USA’s women have dominated at the Olympics, winning four of the five gold medals awarded, but 2012 Olympian Alex Morgan said that doesn’t make Rio a sure thing.

“You can see the gap closing between the top teams,” Morgan revealed from Boca Raton, Florida, where the team is competing in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup. Something she thinks will help the U.S. continue to come out on top is “to have more efforts put towards the women’s side and more expenses for those women’s programs.”

“To have more women in higher positions at FIFA” she said, referring to the sport’s international federation, would only benefit their sport. Because with FIFA’s support, it would become easier and more accepting to highlight the sport she loves.

And with the Rio Olympics less than five months away, all eyes are going to be on her and her teammates in a country where soccer is the most-popular sport.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Carli Lloyd said that like London — who had “some historic soccer stadiums that were unbelievable” — Rio will also do a fantastic job of putting on the Games because of their love for the sport.

“They embrace the sport,” Lloyd remarked. “Brazil women are incredible players and an incredible team, so it’s going to be very tough. With 12 teams fighting for an Olympic gold, it’s going to be a tough one this summer.”

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