Alex Morgan. Source: The Guardian

Alex Morgan was the youngest member of the United States women’s national team in 2009, and she was the first overall pick in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer draught. Morgan won her maiden Olympic gold medal in 2012, assisting the United States ladies in defeating Japan.

She overcame an injury to assist the United States to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015, then four years later she tied for the tournament best with six goals to help the United States win its second World Cup in a row.

Source: Newsweek

Early life

Alexandra Patricia Morgan was born in San Dimas, California on July 2, 1989. Morgan, while being a multisport athlete as a child, did not begin playing organised soccer until she was 14 years old. She graduated from Diamond Bar High School, where she was a three-time all-league selection and an NSCAA All-American.

College Star at UC Berkeley

Morgan attended the University of California at Berkeley after high school, where she guided the Golden Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years (and to the second round twice).

She helped the United States win the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2008, scoring the game-winning goal against North Korea, which FIFA awarded the Goal of the Tournament and the second-best Goal of the Year.

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Morgan finished her UC Berkeley career in the fall of 2010 tied for third on the school’s all-time scoring list, with 45 goals, and third in points, with 107. (She missed many Berkeley games her senior year to play for the national team; otherwise, she would have finished first on both lists.) Morgan was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honourable mention.

Professional and International Stardom

Morgan was selected first overall by the Western New York Flash in the 2011 Women’s Professional Soccer draught. She played for the United States women’s national team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She was the squad’s youngest player when she scored her maiden World Cup goal against France in the semifinals, and the team advanced to the finals (only to lose to Japan in a shootout).

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Morgan joined the Seattle Sounders Women of the United Soccer Leagues W-League when the WPS league ceased to play at the end of the 2011 season, along with other US national team members such as Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Stephanie Cox, and Megan Rapinoe. She later joined the National Women’s Soccer League’s Portland Thorns FC and then the Orlando Pride.

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist

Source: USA Today.

Morgan was named to the United States Olympic women’s soccer team in 2012. Morgan won her first Olympic medal, a gold medal, with the American team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. In a retaliatory match witnessed by approximately 80,300 people—the greatest soccer attendance in Olympic history—the squad defeated Japan 2-1. The triumph was the fourth of the American women’s team’s five Olympic titles since women’s soccer was originally included in the Olympics (1996).

2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics

Morgan was hampered by a knee injury sustained in the spring of 2015, and he was not fully recovered by the start of the FIFA World Cup in June. However, by the end of the group stage, the star striker had returned to the starting lineup and helped the United States women win their first World Cup title since 1999.

Morgan and her colleagues were favoured to win gold at the 2016 Olympic Games three years later. She scored the game-tying goal in the 78th minute against Sweden in the quarterfinals. However, the Americans were defeated on penalty kicks, marking the team’s earliest elimination from Olympic competition in its history.

2019 World Cup

Morgan set the tone as co-captain of a team determined to defend its title, scoring a record-tying five goals in the Americans’ 13-0 victory over Thailand in the 2019 World Cup opener. Morgan scored a critical goal against England in the quarterfinals, which she celebrated with a “tea-sipping” gesture, and helped put the pressure on the Netherlands in the final, in which the US won 2-0 for their fourth World Cup championship overall.

Records

Goals by years

YearAppsGoals
201084
2011196
20123128
2013126
201475
2015227
20162117
2017147
20181918
2019169
202010
202173
Total177110

Goals by competition

CompetitionGoals
CONCACAF Championship/World Cup qualifiers9
FIFA World Cup9
Friendlies77
Olympics5
Olympics qualifiers9
World Cup qualification play-off1
Total110

Wage Discrimination Lawsuit

Morgan and many of her colleagues filed a wage discrimination complaint against US Soccer in March 2016, noting disparities in salary for players on the women’s and men’s national teams. Morgan was one of 28 women’s national team participants who filed a gender discrimination claim against US Soccer in March 2019.

In May 2020, a federal judge in California decided against the players on the majority of the significant elements of the lawsuit, including their claim of Equal Pay Act discrimination. Shortly later, the players filed an appeal.

‘The Kicks’ Books and Amazon Series

Source: Amazon

Morgan inked a deal with Simon & Schuster in 2012 to create a series of soccer-themed novels for young readers. The first, The Kicks: Saving the Team (2013), was a New York Times bestseller, and The Kicks was adapted for a 10-episode Amazon run in 2015.

Morgan also released a memoir, Breakaway: Beyond the Goal, the same year.

Personal life and controversies

Morgan has been married to Servando Carrasco, a fellow professional soccer player, since December 31, 2014. They met for the first time at UC Berkeley.

Source: People.com

Morgan gave birth to a daughter, Charlie Elena, on May 7, 2020, after announcing her pregnancy in October 2019.

Morgan was given the nickname “Baby Horse” by her teammates on the United States women’s national team because of her speed, running style, and youth. Morgan received the key to her hometown of Diamond Bar on January 24, 2016.

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, Morgan was among a group of fellow athletes who were described in a police incident file as “impaired and verbally aggressive….toward staff and around guests” when visiting Epcot in Bay Lake, Florida. The party, which included Morgan, was ejected from the park for “trespass” but no charges were brought. Morgan was “yelling, screaming and….appeared to be highly impaired” according to a deputy. Later, in a Tweet, the athlete apologised, saying, in part, “I will learn from this and make sure it does not happen again.”

Morgan and United States teammate Megan Rapinoe were the first two female players in the United States to join up for the Common Goal movement, founded by Juan Mata of Manchester United, in which players donate 1% of their earnings to soccer-related charity.

Morgan is a vegetarian. PETA named her and NBA player Kyrie Irving the Most Beautiful Vegan Celebrities of 2019.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеAlexandra Morgan Carrasco
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеAlex Morgan
Віrth РlасеSan Dimas, California, U.S.
Dаtе оf Віrth/Віrthdау2 July 1989
Аgе/Ноw Оld32 years old
Неіght/Ноw ТаllIn Centimetres – 170 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 7″
WеіghtIn Kilograms – 56 Kg
In Pounds – 123.5 lbs
Раrеntѕ NаmеFather – Michael T. Morgan
Mother – Pamela S. Morgan
ЅіblіngѕJeni Morgan, Jeri Morgan
NаtіоnаlіtуAmerican
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕMarried
HusbandServando Carrasco (m. 2014)
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеCharlie Elena Carrasco
РrоfеѕѕіоnProfessional Soccer Player
Nеt Wоrth$4 Million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdJuly 2021

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