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Alex Morgan
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Morgan in June 2018
Personal information
Full nameAlexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco [1]
Date of birth (1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 29) [2]
Place of birth San Dimas, California, U.S. [3]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) [2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Orlando Pride
Number 13
Youth career
Cypress Elite
College career
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2007–2010 California Golden Bears 67 [4] (45)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2009 West Coast FC 2 (2)
2010 California Storm 3 (5)
2010 Pali Blues 3 (1)
2011 Western New York Flash 13 (4)
2012 Seattle Sounders Women 3 (2)
2013–2015 Portland Thorns FC 36 (15)
2016– Orlando Pride 47 (18)
2017Lyon (loan) 8 (5)
National team
2008 United States U20 10 (5)
2010– United States 158 (99)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of September 8, 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 5, 2019

Alexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco (born July 2, 1989) is an American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She is a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. Since 2018, she co-captains her national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe. [5]

Association football Team field sport

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FIFA Womens World Cup international association football competition

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Shortly after graduating early from the University of California, Berkeley, where she played for the California Golden Bears, Morgan was drafted number one overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. There, she made her professional debut and helped the team win the league championship. Morgan, who was 22 at the time, was the youngest player on the national team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup where the team won silver. At the 2012 London Olympics she scored the match-winning goal in the 123rd minute of the semi-final match against Canada. She finished 2012 with 28 goals and 21 assists, joining Mia Hamm as the only American women to score 20 goals and collect 20 assists in the same calendar year, and making her the sixth and youngest U.S. player to score 20 goals in a single year. She was subsequently named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and was a FIFA World Player of the Year finalist.

University of California, Berkeley Public university in California, USA

The University of California, Berkeley is a public research university in Berkeley, California. It was founded in 1868 and serves as the flagship institution of the ten research universities affiliated with the University of California system. Berkeley has since grown to instruct over 40,000 students in approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs covering numerous disciplines.

The 2011 WPS College Draft took place on January 14, 2011. It was the third college draft held by Women's Professional Soccer to assign the WPS rights of college players to the American-based teams.

Western New York Flash professional soccer club in the United States

The Western New York Flash (WNYF) is an American professional soccer club based in Elma, New York that competes in the United Women's Soccer league. They have won league championships in four different leagues: the USL W-League in 2010, Women's Professional Soccer in 2011, Women's Premier Soccer League Elite in 2012, and the National Women's Soccer League in 2016.

In 2013, the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League, Morgan joined the Portland Thorns and helped the team win the league title that year. Morgan played for the Thorns through the 2015 season, after which she was traded to the Orlando Pride.

National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league, run by the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of two expansion teams in Houston and Orlando and the loss of Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

Orlando Pride American womens soccer club

The Orlando Pride is a professional women's soccer team based in Orlando, Florida. The team joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., for the 2016 season. The tenth team to be added to the league, they are affiliated with the men's team Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer. They play their home games at Orlando City Stadium.

Off the field, Morgan teamed with Simon & Schuster to write a middle-grade book series about four soccer players: The Kicks. The first book in the series, Saving the Team, debuted at number seven on The New York Times Best Seller list in May 2013.

The New York Times Best Seller list is widely considered the preeminent list of best-selling books in the United States. Published weekly in The New York Times Book Review, the best-seller list has been published in the Times since October 12, 1931. In recent years it has evolved into multiple lists in different categories, broken down by fiction and non-fiction, hardcover, paperback, and electronic, and different genres.

In 2015, Morgan was ranked by Time as the top-paid American women's soccer player largely due to her numerous endorsement deals. Morgan, along with Canada's Christine Sinclair and Australia's Steph Catley, became the first women's soccer players to appear on the cover of FIFA video games in 2015. She appeared alongside Lionel Messi on covers of FIFA 16 sold in the United States.

Time is an American weekly news magazine and news website published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and originally run by Henry Luce. A European edition is published in London and also covers the Middle East, Africa, and, since 2003, Latin America. An Asian edition is based in Hong Kong. The South Pacific edition, which covers Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, is based in Sydney. In December 2008, Time discontinued publishing a Canadian advertiser edition.

Christine Sinclair Canadian association football player

Christine Margaret Sinclair, OC is a Canadian soccer player and captain of the Canadian national team. She plays professionally for the Portland Thorns FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and previously played for FC Gold Pride and Western New York Flash in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). A CONCACAF champion, two-time Olympic bronze medalist and 14-time winner of the Canada Soccer Player of the Year award, Sinclair is Canada's all-time leading scorer and currently second-best worldwide in all-time international goals scored (179), behind only Abby Wambach (184).

Steph Catley Association footballer

Stephanie-Elise "Steph" Catley is an Australian professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Melbourne City FC. She also plays for the Australian women's national team.

A film featuring Morgan in her acting debut, Alex & Me , was released in June 2018 where she plays a fictionalized version of herself.

<i>Alex & Me</i> 2018 film

Alex & Me is a 2018 American fantasy-sports comedy film written and directed by Eric Champnella in his feature dubut. The film stars soccer player Alex Morgan in her acting debut and Siena Agudong. It was released direct-to-video by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on June 12, 2018. It made its television debut on Nickelodeon on September 15, 2018.

Early life

Born to Pamela S. and Michael T. Morgan in San Dimas, California, [3] [6] [7] [8] Morgan was raised with her two older sisters, Jeni and Jeri in the nearby suburb of Diamond Bar, located approximately 30 miles east of Los Angeles. [9] She was a multi-sport athlete growing up and began playing soccer at an early age. [10] However, she did not begin playing club soccer until age 14 when she joined Cypress Elite. [11] [12] With the club team, she won the Coast Soccer League (CSL) under-16 championship and placed third at the under-19 level. [13]

Morgan attended Diamond Bar High School, where she was a three-time all-league pick and was named All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). [8] At the school, she was known for her speed and sprinting ability. [14] Morgan played for Olympic Development Program (ODP) regional and state teams as well. [13] She later credited the program as an integral part of her development as a soccer player: "... programs like ODP helped me especially because I did come into the club scene late and it was important for me to play as much as possible, play with the best players and learn from the best coaches. That, for me, was crucial to my development." [15]

At age 17, Morgan was called up to the United States under-20 women's national soccer team. While playing in a scrimmage against the men's junior national team, she sustained an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and did not play for the team again until April 2008. [16]

California Golden Bears (2007–2010)

Morgan attended UC Berkeley, where she played for the California Golden Bears from 2007 to 2010. [17] She led the Golden Bears in scoring during her first season with the team. [13] During a match against Stanford in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, Morgan scored an equalizer that resulted in a 1–1 draw with less than two minutes left in regulation time. The team was ultimately defeated during penalty kicks. [18] Despite continued absences due to U.S. national team commitments throughout her collegiate career, Morgan led the Golden Bears in scoring and helped the team reach the NCAA Tournament four years in a row, advancing to the second round twice. [13]

After being named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy during her junior year, Morgan became the first California player to be one of the top three finalists for the award. She was one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport. [13]

Morgan finished her collegiate career ranked third all-time in goals scored (45) and points (106) for the Golden Bears. [19] She graduated from Berkeley one semester early, with a degree in Political Economy. [20]

Club career

Western New York Flash (2011)

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Morgan in 2011

On January 14, 2011, Morgan was the first overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash. [21] She was the first California Golden Bears women's soccer player to be drafted in the first round of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). [22] Morgan scored her first goal for the Flash during the team's home opener—a 3–0 win over the Atlanta Beat on May 1, 2011. [23] Throughout the 2011 season, she played in 14 matches and scored four goals. [24] The club won the regular season title and the WPS Championship title the same year. [25]

Seattle Sounders Women (2012)

After the WPS later suspended operations in early 2012 due to legal and financial difficulties, [26] Morgan joined her national teammates Hope Solo, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox on the Seattle Sounders Women for the 2012 season. [27] [28] [29] Of her signing, Morgan said, "I am excited to play in a city that is so passionate about soccer. The Sounders have been one of, if not the best fan support in MLS. I can only imagine how Seattle fans would respond to having a full professional women's team in the future." [30]

Due to her national team commitments and preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, [31] Morgan made three regular season appearances for the club. She scored two goals and served two assist in her 253 minutes on the pitch. [32] With the national teammates' presence on the team, [33] [34] the Sounders sold out nine of their ten home matches at the 4,500 capacity Starfire Stadium. [35] Average attendance during the 2012 season for the Sounders Women was four times higher than the next closest team. [35]

Portland Thorns FC (2013–2015)

On January 11, 2013, Morgan was one of three U.S. national team players to join the Portland Thorns FC for the inaugural season of the National Women's Soccer League via the NWSL Player Allocation. [36] She scored her first goal for the Thorns during the team's home-opener at Jeld-Wen Field in front of 16,479 spectators helping her team defeat the Seattle Reign FC 2–1. [37] [38] She finished the regular season as the team's point leader, and joint scoring leader (with Christine Sinclair), with eight goals and five assists (21 points). [39] The club finished third during the regular season led by head coach Cindy Parlow Cone. [40] On August 31, 2013, Portland captured the league's inaugural championship title after defeating regular season champions Western New York Flash 2–0; Morgan assisted on the second goal. [41] Morgan was named to the NWSL Second XI on August 28. [42]

Morgan returned to the Thorns for the 2014 season led by new head coach Paul Riley. [43] She scored six goals in her 15 appearances for the club. [24] The Thorns finished third during the regular season with a 10–8–6 record and advanced to the playoffs for the second consecutive season. [24] The team was defeated by eventual champions FC Kansas City 2–0. [44]

During the 2015 season, Morgan made four appearances for the Thorns due to her national team commitments for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Vancouver, Canada. [24] She scored one goal during a 3–3 draw against the Washington Spirit on August 31. [24] [45] The Thorns finished in sixth place during the regular season with a 6–9–5 record. [24]

Orlando Pride (2016–present)

On October 26, 2015, it was announced that the Thorns had traded Morgan, along with teammate Kaylyn Kyle, to an expansion team Orlando Pride in exchange for the Pride's number one picks in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft and 2016 NWSL College Draft as well as an international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons. [46] Morgan scored four goals in her 15 appearances for the Pride. [24] The club finished in ninth place during the regular season with a 6–13–1 record led by head coach Tom Sermanni. [24]

The Pride announced Morgan's addition to their 2017 active roster on June 21, 2017, waiving Christina Burkenroad to make room on the 20-player roster. [47] After taking time off from soccer to rehabilitate a hamstring injury that she had sustained during her time with Olympique Lyonnais, Morgan returned to the Pride for a July 1 match against the Chicago Red Stars. [48] Morgan scored nine goals in fourteen games for Orlando in 2017, and the team achieved an 11–6–7 record. [49] [50] On October 7, Morgan played the entirety of the Pride's first ever NWSL playoff match, a 4-1 loss to the Portland Thorns FC. [51] Following the NWSL's 2017 season, it was announced that Morgan had been named to the league's 2017 Second XI. [52]

In September 2017, Morgan announced that she had terminated her contract with Lyon and would be available to Orlando for the beginning of the team's entire 2018 season. [53] Coached by Tom Sermanni, the team failed to match the success of its 2017 campaign, finishing seventh out of nine teams in the league with a 8–10–6 record. [54] Morgan played in nineteen games for the Pride, contributing five goals over the course of the season. [55]

Loan to Lyon (2017)

Morgan with Lyon during the Women's Champions League Final, June 2017 Alex Morgan WCL 2017.jpg
Morgan with Lyon during the Women's Champions League Final, June 2017

On January 5, 2017, Morgan signed to the French side champion Lyon for a reported $33,000 per month. [56] [57] [58] She made her 2016–17 Division 1 Féminine debut on January 14 during a 3–0 win against En Avant de Guingamp and recorded two assists. [59] During a match against ASPTT Albi on March 17, she scored a brace in the second half to help lift the team to a 5–0 win. [60] On May 7, she scored a brace during the team's 9–0 win over ASJ Soyaux after which the club was named league champions for the ninth consecutive season. [61] [24] She scored five goals in her eight appearances during the regular season. [24]

On March 12, Morgan scored a hat-trick against Rodez to lead Lyon to a 6–0 win and advance to the semi-finals of the French Cup. [62] She scored four goals and recorded two assists during the semi-final against Hénin-Beaumont (three of the four occurred within a ten-minute span). [63] Lyon won the Cup after a penalty shootout on May 19. Morgan did not play during the French Cup final due to a lingering hamstring injury suffered during a match against Paris Saint-Germain. [64] [65]

Morgan made her 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League debut in the first leg of the quarterfinals on March 23 during the team's 2–0 win over VfL Wolfsburg. [66] On June 1, she started in the 2017 UEFA Women's Champions League Final but subbed off after 23 minutes due to the hamstring injury. [67] [68] Lyon won the match after a penalty shootout. [69]

While her contract with Lyon included an option for a return to the club in 2018, Morgan announced on September 2, 2017 that she had decided against exercising that option. [53]

Club summary

As of September 8, 2018
ClubSeasonLeagueCup [lower-alpha 1] ContinentalTotalRef.
DivisionRegular seasonPlay-offs
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
West Coast FC 2008 Women's Premier Soccer League 120012 [70]
2009 1010 [70] [71]
Total220022
California Storm 2010 Women's Premier Soccer League 350035 [70]
Pali Blues 2010 USL W-League 310031 [70]
Western New York Flash 2011 Women's Professional Soccer 13410144 [72] [73] [74]
Seattle Sounders Women 2012 USL W-League 320032 [32]
Portland Thorns FC 2013 National Women's Soccer League 18810198 [75] [76]
2014 14610156 [77] [78]
2015 4141 [79]
Total3615203815
Orlando Pride 2016 National Women's Soccer League 154154 [80]
2017 13910149 [80]
2018 195195 [80]
Total4718104818
Lyon (loan) 2016–17 Division 1 Féminine 85375 [lower-alpha 2] 01612 [81] [82]
Career total1155240375012759

Notes

International career

Morgan with the United States women's national team in Frisco, Texas, February 2012. Alex Morgan USA Warmup.jpg
Morgan with the United States women's national team in Frisco, Texas, February 2012.

Due to the ACL injury that slowed her progress in 2007, Morgan was not called up to train with the United States under-20 women's national soccer team until April 2008. [83] Her first appearance for the under-20 team occurred during the 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship in Puebla, Mexico, where she scored her first international goal against Cuba. [84]

Morgan was named to the United States U-20 women's national team that competed in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, scoring a total of four goals in the tournament against France, Argentina and North Korea. Morgan's fourth goal of the tournament was a match-winner that gave the U.S. a gold medal, which was subsequently voted the best goal of the tournament, [85] and later FIFA's second-best goal of the year. [86] Her performance on the field earned her the Bronze Shoe as the tournament's third-highest scorer and the Silver Ball as the tournament's second-best player behind teammate Sydney Leroux. [87]

She has been capped by the senior national team, first appearing as a substitute in a match versus Mexico in March 2010, [88] and scored her first international goal after coming on as a substitute against China, which salvaged a 1–1 draw in October 2010. Her most important goal to date came a month later in a crucial road match against Italy. After entering the match in the 86th minute, she scored in the fourth minute of added time to give the United States a 1–0 victory over Italy in the first leg of a playoff to qualify for the final spot for the Women's World Cup. [89]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

Morgan was the youngest player on the U.S. national team that placed second in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. On July 13, 2011, she scored her first FIFA Women's World Cup goal in the 82nd minute of the semi-final matchup against France, giving the USA a 3–1 lead and ultimately, the victory. She scored the first goal (69') in the FIFA World Cup Final against Japan after coming on as a substitute at the half, as well as assisting on the Abby Wambach header (104') for a goal in extra time. Her performance made her the first player to ever record a goal and an assist in a World Cup final. [90] Morgan finished eighth in the balloting for the 2011 FIFA World Player of the Year. [91]

2012 London Olympics

Morgan did not become a starter for the U.S. until the fifth match of the year in January, the final of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. [92] She scored twice and provided two assists to Wambach that day, in a 4–0 win over the Canadian hosts and has become a regular starter ever since. Between January and late May 2012, Morgan scored 14 goals in a 12-match stretch including a sequence of three straight two-goal efforts on January 29, February 11 and 29. [m 1] [m 2] [m 3] She earned her first career hat-trick on March 7, 2012, during a 4–0 victory against Sweden in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup. [m 4] In June 2012, she was nominated for an ESPY Award as the Best Breakthrough Athlete. [93]

In the opening match of 2012 London Olympics group play, Morgan scored both the equalizer and the goal that sealed the win against France. [94] In the next three Olympic matches, she assisted on the match-winning goal, including two to Wambach. [95] [96] [97]

Morgan challenges Japanese defender Saki Kumagai for the ball as Mizuho Sakaguchi (6) and Azusa Iwashimizu (3) look on during their gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics Women's Soccer - USA vs Japan (1).jpg
Morgan challenges Japanese defender Saki Kumagai for the ball as Mizuho Sakaguchi (6) and Azusa Iwashimizu (3) look on during their gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Morgan scored the winning goal in the Olympic semi-final match against Canada in extra time, sending the United States to the gold medal match against Japan. Her goal came in the 123rd minute, the latest goal ever scored by a member of the U.S. women's team and a FIFA record. [98] The goal continued her propensity for late heroics in the closing stages of matches. Seventeen of her 28 total goals to date have come after the 60th minute. The match-winning goal was Morgan's team-high 20th in 2012, becoming only the sixth and youngest U.S. player to do so in a single year. [99] [100] In the final, a 2–1 win against Japan on August 9, Morgan assisted on a Carli Lloyd header. [101] She ended the tournament with three goals, and a team-high four assists (tied with Megan Rapinoe) and ten points (tied with Rapinoe and Wambach). [102] To celebrate her achievements, she was honored at her former high school and the No. 13 jersey was retired. [103]

In 2012, Morgan led the U.S. in goals (28), multi-goal matches (9), assists (21) and points (77). [104] Her calendar year goals, assists and points totals are the third-best, tied second-best (one tally shy of record), and second-best, respectively, in USWNT history. Morgan joined an exclusive club as she and Hamm are the only USWNT players to record at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same calendar year and became only the third and youngest player to reach 20 assists in a calendar year. Morgan and Wambach combined for 55 goals in 2012 – matching a 21-year-old record set in 1991 by Michelle Akers (39 goals) and Carin Jennings (16 goals) as the most goals scored by any duo in USWNT history. She had either scored or assisted on 41 percent of the USA's 120 goals this year. And, by herself, she comfortably out-scored and out-assisted her opponents, who combined for 21 goals and 12 assists in 32 matches against the U.S. [92]

For her excellence on the field, U.S. Soccer announced Morgan as the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year. [105] Morgan's exploits have also earned her a place on the FIFA Ballon d'Or shortlist, ultimately finished third in voting. [106]

2013–14

At the 2013 Algarve Cup, Morgan shared top-scoring honors. She finished the competition with four assists and three goals, including the equalizer against Sweden that advanced the U.S. to the final and the two goals against Germany that won the championship. [107] [108] She previously won the tournament's golden boot in 2011. [109] On June 2, 2013, Morgan scored two second-half goals as the U.S. defeated Canada 3–0 in front of a sold out crowd in Toronto. This was the first match between USA and Canada since the epic semi-final of the 2012 Olympic Games. [110] Morgan was named to her third appearance on the 10-player short list for FIFA Women's World Player of the Year in 2013 and finished fourth in the voting. [111] [112] For the inaugural CONCACAF Awards, she was recognized as the CONCACAF 2013 Female Player of the Year. [113] And as a part of U.S. Soccer's celebration of its Centennial anniversary the Federation revealed the US Soccer's All-Time Women's National Team Best XI, she was youngest player selected at 24 years old. [114]

Morgan had a return of five goals in seven matches for the USWNT in 2014 after returning from injury before she reinjured her ankle at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which ruled her out for the rest of tournament. [115]

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

Morgan scored in a 1–0 friendly win over England in February upon her return to the international fold. [116] She was part of the USWNT that won its tenth Algarve Cup in 2015. [117] She scored in the 3–0 defeat of Switzerland. [118]

Morgan spent two months recovering from a knee injury in the build-up to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Morgan's knee injury happened in April during the NWSL season against the Boston Breakers. [119] She made her first start at the World Cup Finals as the U.S. defeated Nigeria 1–0 in the last group match to advance as group winners. [120] She registered her only goal of the World Cup's knockout stage with the opener in the 2–0 last 16 win over Colombia. [121] Morgan did, however, win penalties for the USWNT in the 2–0 victories against Colombia in the last 16 and Germany in the semi-finals, respectively. [121] [122] [123] She then started the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final as the USWNT defeated Japan 5–2 to win its third FIFA Women's World Cup. [124] Morgan played in all seven World Cup Finals matches and started in every one of them since being restored to the starting XI against Nigeria. [125]

2016 Rio Olympics

Morgan being challenged by Hikari Takagi (15) and Ayaka Yamashita (12) during a match against Japan in Cleveland on June 5, 2016 Alex morgan 2016.jpg
Morgan being challenged by Hikari Takagi (15) and Ayaka Yamashita (12) during a match against Japan in Cleveland on June 5, 2016

Morgan marked her 100th cap for the USWNT in a 5–0 friendly win against Republic of Ireland on January 23, by registering a goal and an assist. [126] At the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers in February, Morgan scored the fastest recorded goal in tournament history and in the history of the USWNT, netting after just 12 seconds, before later adding a second, in a 5–0 defeat of Costa Rica. [127] She followed this up with her third career hat-trick in a win against Trinidad and Tobago, as the USWNT secured their qualification for the Rio Olympics. [128] [129] Morgan started in the qualification final against Canada, as the USWNT won 2–0 to be crowned tournament winners. [130] She was voted in the Best XI for the tournament. [131]

2016–present

At the first SheBelieves Cup competition in March 2016, an invitational four-team tournament consisted of England, France, Germany and the United States, Morgan was awarded the Golden Boot and the MVP award. [132] She scored in victories against France and Germany as the USWNT won the tournament with three wins from three. [133] [134] Morgan scored eight goals during her first nine appearances of 2016. [132]

In 2018, Morgan won US Soccer's Female Player of the Year award. She was nominated alongside Julie Ertz, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Megan Rapinoe. [135]

International summary

As of March 5, 2019
United States
YearAppsGoalsRef.
201084 [136]
2011196 [137]
20123128 [138]
2013126 [139]
201475 [140]
2015227 [141]
20162117 [142]
2017147 [143]
20181918 [144]
201951 [145]
Total15899

International goals

As of February 27, 2019 [2]
#DateLocationOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1October 6, 2010 [m 5] Chester, Pennsylvania, USFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1–11–1 Friendly
2October 30, 2010 [m 6] Cancún, MexicoFlag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 7–09–0 2010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
3November 1, 2010 [m 7] Cancún, MexicoFlag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 4–04–02010 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup
4November 20, 2010 [m 8] Padua, ItalyFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–01–0 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying play-off
5March 7, 2011 [m 9] Quarteira, PortugalFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 3–04–0 2011 Algarve Cup
64–0
7March 9, 2011 [m 10] Faro, PortugalFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 4–24–22011 Algarve Cup
8July 13, 2011 [m 11] Mönchengladbach, GermanyFlag of France.svg  France 3–13–1 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
9July 17, 2011 [m 12] Frankfurt, GermanyFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1–02–2 ( a.e.t. )
(1–3 p )
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
10September 22, 2011 [m 13] Portland, Oregon, USFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3–03–0Friendly
11January 22, 2012 [m 14] Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaFlag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 12–013–0 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
12January 27, 2012 [m 15] Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaFlag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 3–03–02012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
13January 29, 2012 [m 1] Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1–04–02012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament
144–0
15February 11, 2012 [m 2] Frisco, Texas, USFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1–12–1Friendly
162–1
17February 29, 2012 [m 3] Lagos, PortugalFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1–05–0 2012 Algarve Cup
184–0
19March 7, 2012 [m 4] Parchal, PortugalFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–04–02012 Algarve Cup
202–0
214–0
22April 1, 2012 [m 16] Sendai, JapanFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1–11–1 2012 Women's Kirin Challenge Cup
23May 27, 2012 [m 17] Chester, Pennsylvania, USFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1–14–1Friendly
243–1
25June 16, 2012 [m 18] Halmstad, SwedenFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2–03–1 2012 Sweden Invitational
26June 18, 2012 [m 19] Gothenburg, SwedenFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1–04–12012 Sweden Invitational
273–1
28July 25, 2012 [m 20] Glasgow, ScotlandFlag of France.svg  France 2–24–2 2012 Summer Olympics
294–2
30August 6, 2012 [m 21] Manchester, EnglandFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 4–34–3 ( a.e.t. )2012 Summer Olympics
31September 1, 2012 [m 22] Rochester, New York, USFlag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 4–08–0Friendly
32September 16, 2012 [m 23] Carson, California, USFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1–12–1Friendly
33September 19, 2012 [m 24] Commerce City, Colorado, USFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2–26–2Friendly
344–2
35November 28, 2012 [m 25] Portland, Oregon, USFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 1–05–0Friendly
362–0
373–0
38December 1, 2012 [m 26] Glendale, Arizona, USFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 1–02–0Friendly
39March 11, 2013 [m 27] Lagos, PortugalFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–11–1 2013 Algarve Cup
40March 13, 2013 [m 28] Faro, PortugalFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–02–02013 Algarve Cup
412–0
42April 5, 2013 [m 29] Offenbach am Main, GermanyFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 3–13–3Friendly
43June 2, 2013 [m 30] Toronto, Ontario, CanadaFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1–03–0Friendly
442–0
45June 19, 2014 [m 31] Hartford, Connecticut, USFlag of France.svg  France 1–12–2Friendly
462–2
47September 13, 2014 [m 32] Sandy, Utah, USFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 3–08–0Friendly
485–0
49September 18, 2014 [m 33] Rochester, New York, USFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 4–04–0Friendly
50February 13, 2015 [m 34] Milton Keynes, EnglandFlag of England.svg  England 1–01–0Friendly
51March 6, 2015 [m 35] Santo Antonio, PortugalFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 2–03–0 2015 Algarve Cup
52June 22, 2015 [m 36] Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 1–02–0 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
53August 19, 2015 [m 37] Chattanooga, Tennessee, USFlag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 7–27–2Friendly
54September 20, 2015 [m 38] Birmingham, Alabama, USFlag of Haiti.svg  Haiti 7–08–0Friendly
55October 25, 2015 [m 39] Orlando, Florida, USFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1–03–1Friendly
56December 10, 2015 [m 40] San Antonio, Texas, USFlag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 2–06–0Friendly
57January 23, 2016 [m 41] San Diego, California, USFlag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 4–06–0Friendly
58February 10, 2016 [m 42] Frisco, Texas, USFlag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 1–05–0 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
594–0
60February 19, 2016 [m 43] Houston, Texas, USFlag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 2–05–02016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship
614–0
625–0
63March 6, 2016 [m 44] Nashville, Tennessee, USFlag of France.svg  France 1–01–0 2016 SheBelieves Cup
64March 9, 2016 [m 45] Boca Raton, Florida, USFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 1–12–12016 SheBelieves Cup
65June 2, 2016 [m 46] Denver, Colorado, USFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2–13–3Friendly
662–2
67June 5, 2016 [m 47] Cleveland, Ohio, USFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2–02–0Friendly
68August 3, 2016 [m 48] Belo Horizonte, BrazilFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 2–02–0 2016 Summer Olympics
69August 12, 2016 [m 49] Brasília, BrazilFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–11–1 ( a.e.t. )
(3–4 p )
2016 Summer Olympics
70September 15, 2016 [m 50] Columbus, Ohio, USFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 8–09–0Friendly
719–0
72November 10, 2016 [m 51] San Jose, California, USFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 6–18–1Friendly
737–1
74August 3, 2017 [m 52] Carson, California, USFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 3–03–0 2017 Tournament of Nations
75September 15, 2017 [m 53] Denver, Colorado, USFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3–13–1Friendly
76September 19, 2017 [m 54] Cincinnati, Ohio, USFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3–05–0Friendly
775–0
78October 19, 2017 [m 55] New Orleans, Louisiana, USFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2–03–1Friendly
79November 9, 2017 [m 56] Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1–01–1Friendly
80November 12, 2017 [m 57] San Jose, California, USFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2–13–1Friendly
81January 21, 2018 [m 58] San Diego, California, USFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1–15–1Friendly
82April 5, 2018 [m 59] Jacksonville, Florida, USFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 2–04–1Friendly
833–0
84April 8, 2018 [m 60] Houston, Texas, USFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 4–26–2Friendly
856–2
86June 7, 2018 [m 61] Sandy, Utah, USFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR 1–01–0Friendly
87July 26, 2018 [m 62] Kansas City, Kansas, USFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1–04–2 2018 Tournament of Nations
882–1
893–1
90August 2, 2018 [m 63] Bridgeview, Illinois, USFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 4–14–12018 Tournament of Nations
91October 4, 2018 Cary, North Carolina, USFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico 3–06–0 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
926–0
93October 10, 2018Cary, North Carolina, USFlag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago 1–07–02018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
946–0
95October 14, 2018 [m 64] Frisco, Texas, USFlag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 5–06–02018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
966–0
97October 17, 2018Frisco, Texas, USFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2–02–02018 CONCACAF Women's Championship
98November 13, 2018 Paisley, ScotlandFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 1–01–0Friendly
99February 27, 2019Chester, Pennsylvania, USFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 2–12–2Friendly

Other work

Books and television series

Morgan is a published novelist, and has featured in a number of advertisement campaigns and modeling assignments Alex Morgan.jpg
Morgan is a published novelist, and has featured in a number of advertisement campaigns and modeling assignments

In 2012, Morgan signed with Simon & Schuster to pen The Kicks, a four-book series for middle schoolers. [146] The series is focused on four young girls and features themes of friendship, leadership, and soccer. In a statement released by the publisher, Morgan said she wanted her books to "inspire young girls" and "celebrate" her love of soccer. The first novel, Saving The Team was released on May 14, 2013 followed by the second novel, Sabotage Season, on September 3, 2013. [147] Saving the Team debuted at number seven on The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Middle Grade. [148] In 2015, a live-action kids comedy series based on the books, called The Kicks , began airing on Amazon Prime. [149]

Endorsements

Morgan has signed several endorsement deals with businesses including Nike, [150] Panasonic, [151] AT&T, [151] Chobani, [152] McDonald's, [153] P&G, [154] Mondelez International, [155] and Coca-Cola. [156] Time named Morgan the highest paid American women's soccer player in June 2015 attributed mostly to her endorsement deals. [157] In July 2011, she signed a one-year endorsement deal with Bank of America. [158] In January 2012, Morgan and national teammate Heather Mitts became brand ambassadors for health product company, GNC. [159] The same year, she made appearances on behalf of Ubisoft promoting the launch of their video game, Just Dance 4 . [160] In 2013, she appeared in television commercials for Bridgestone. [161] She joined a two-year partnership as the spokesperson for ChapStick in October 2013. [162] In 2015, she starred in a Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company commercial that was broadcast nationwide in the United States. [163] [164] She appeared in commercials for Chobani in 2016. [165] [166]

In 2016, Morgan joined UNICEF Kid Power as a UNICEF Kid Power Champion, in an effort to fight global malnutrition and as well as raise awareness among kids, via the world's first "wearable for good", created by UNICEF. [167]

Magazines

Morgan has been featured in a number of magazines. In the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue , she appeared in a section composed of athletes in body paint. [168] She was featured in the 2013 music issue of ESPN The Magazine replicating Katy Perry's One of the Boys album cover. [169] [170] In May 2015, Morgan was featured on the cover of ESPN Magazine with teammates Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux. [171] The same year, she appeared on multiple covers of Sports Illustrated before and after winning the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [172] [173] She appeared for a second time in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2015. [174] She has appeared on the covers of Health [175] and Self magazines. [176] She has been featured in Shape , [177] Vogue , [178] Elle , [179] Time , [180] [181] and Fortune . [182]

Television and film appearances

In 2011, Morgan co-starred with national teammate Hope Solo in a television commercial promoting ESPN's SportsCenter . [183] Morgan and teammate Carli Lloyd were guests on Live with Kelly and Michael following the 2012 Summer Olympics in September 2012. [184] In 2013, Morgan appeared in the ESPN documentary series, Nine for IX . The Nine for IX documentary, The 99ers, in which she appeared focused on the success and legacy of the national team squad that won the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. [185] In January 2015, she guest-starred on an episode of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn entitled The Quad Test. [186] In April 2015, Morgan joined Abby Wambach on American Idol to announce that the show's season winner would record the official song for Fox's coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [187] In May of the same year, her likeness appeared on The Simpsons along with Christen Press and Abby Wambach. [188] Morgan was a presenter at the 2015 ESPY Awards [189] and received an ESPY with her teammates for Best Team. [190] In 2018, Morgan made her acting debut in the direct-to-video film Alex & Me with co-star Siena Agudong, where she portrays a poster of herself who comes to life. [191]

Video games

In July 2015, Morgan, and her Portland Thorns teammates Christine Sinclair and Steph Catley became the first female athletes to appear on the cover of EA Sports' latest FIFA video game, FIFA 16 . Morgan, Sinclair, and Catley were chosen to appear on its region-specific packaging in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, respectively, alongside Lionel Messi, who appears in worldwide versions of the game. FIFA 16 was also the first edition of the franchise to include women's teams in the game. [192]

Ticker tape parade and White House honor

Morgan and teammates during the ticker tape parade in New York City, July 2015 The United States Women's Soccer Team Ticker-Tape Parade New York City (19397144610).jpg
Morgan and teammates during the ticker tape parade in New York City, July 2015

Following the United States' win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Morgan and her teammates became the first women's sports team to be honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City. [193] Each player received a key to the city from Mayor Bill de Blasio. [194] In October of the same year, the team was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. [195]

Personal life

Morgan married soccer player Servando Carrasco on December 31, 2014. [196] The two met at UC Berkeley where they both played soccer. [197] Although her teammates rarely use it anymore, Morgan was given the nickname "Baby Horse" by her teammates on the U.S. women's national team for her speed, running style, and youth. [198] [199] [200] Morgan received the key to the city of Diamond Bar, her hometown, on January 24, 2016. [201] [202]

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, Morgan was one of a group of fellow athletes visiting Epcot in Orlando, Florida, who were described in an incident filed by police as being "impaired and verbally aggressive....toward staff and around guests". The group, including Morgan, were removed from the park for "trespass" and no charges were filed. According to a deputy, Morgan was "yelling, screaming and....appeared to be highly impaired". The athlete later posted an apology in a Tweet which read, in part, "I will learn from this and make sure it does not happen again". [203]

In September 2017, Morgan and U.S. teammate Megan Rapinoe were the first two female players in the United States to sign up for the Common Goal campaign, created by Juan Mata of Manchester United, wherein players donate 1% of their wages to support soccer-related charities. [204]

Honors and awards

Club

with Western New York Flash

with Portland Thorns FC

with Lyon

International

Individual

See also

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