Expansion Wave tops the leaderboard with strong defense Alex Morgan

The San Diego Wave players knew from the start that they weren’t going to let their status as an expansion team define them.

The goal was to “set a precedent so we can get into the league in year one and compete,” Wave defender Kristen McNabb said.

“I think everyone sort of embodied it from day one,” she added. “We know our identity and we play every game the way we want to play, at the end of the day.”

The wave exceeds expectations. Now sitting on nine wins, they sit atop the National Women’s Soccer League standings and have already done better than any true expansion team in league history.

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