Women's World Cup Final 2011, USA Vs. Japan: Alex Morgan Substituted In For Injured Lauren Cheney

The second half is underway in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final, and the United States have been dealt a bit of a blow. It seems that starting striker Lauren Cheney, a starter of every game for the USWNT and a Golden Ball finalist, injured her foot during the first half and has had to come out of the game. Young, speedy striker Alex Morgan has been substituted on in her place.

Morgan has been a regular as a late sub for the United States for quite some time, but this is probably a bit earlier than Pia Sundhage counted on using Morgan. One has to wonder whether or not this decision indicates that Sundhage now has more faith in Morgan than Amy Rodriguez, the extremely fast but out of form striker who is usually first choice up top.

Also, for all of the truly bizarre idiots who Google this on a daily basis: ALEX'S MORGAN'S BOYFRIEND'S NAME IS SERVANDO CARRASCO AND HE PLAYS FOR THE SEATTLE SOUNDERS. STOP GOOGLING THIS.

For live updates throughout the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup Final, keep it on our World Cup Final StoryStream. Also taking place right now are the Copa America quarterfinals, so head over to our Brazil vs. Paraguay StoryStream for updates on that. For all kinds of coverage on world football, check out SB Nation Soccer.

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