The 29-years-old soccer player has achieved a lot of things in the sports world, but beyond soccer, she surprises with many other qualities
Although not as popular as Marta Vieira da Silva, Alex Morgan is undoubtedly an icon of world soccer already in what seems to be the final stretch of her career. In fact, Morgan is world champion and Olympic champion with the United States National Team. For that reason, in LatinAmerican Post we want to present you a little more about this talented woman of the most popular sport on the planet.
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Who is Alex Morgan?
Morgan is a Californian by birth and heart, born on July 2, 1989, in the town of Diamond Bar. Daughter of Pamela S. Morgan and Michael T. Morgan, since childhood the soccer player showed a lot of interest in physical and sports practice in general, mainly in basketball, athletics and volleyball. However, at age 14 soccer captured her heart forever, according to Historia Biografía.
Her career at the club level is quite extensive. Morgan has played in clubs like West Coast FC, California Storm, Pali Blues, Western New York Flash, Seattle Sounders, Portland Thorns, Orlando Pride, and Olympique Lyonnais.
Thanks to a scholarship she began studying Political Economy at the University of California. Meanwhile, she began training with the California Golden Bears, a team with which she scored 8 goals in her first season and with which she began to stand out as a forward.
As History Biography explains, Morgan graduated in 2011, year in which she becomes the first selected in the draft of the Women Professional Soccer (WPS) with the Western New York Flash team. This is the team that gave her the opportunity to debut in the professional field. However, financial problems of that club forced her to move to the Seattle Sounders for the 2012 campaign.
She then arrived at the Portland Thorns in 2013, at the Orlando Pride in 2015 and at the Olympique Lyon in 2016, an unexpected turn that somehow made her evolve as a soccer player.
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An unprecedented step in Europe
La Vanguardia recounts what perhaps meant the most important change in Morgan's career when she decided to leave United States soccer for the French League. At the end of 2016, when she was 27 years old, Morgan left the Orlando Pride with whom she was a finalist several times of the Golden Ball, to play with the Olympique Lyonnais.
The French club acquired Morgan in order to win the Women's Champions League, which she won after beating Paris Saint-Germain. For her part, she tried to be recognized as "the best soccer player in the world".
Upon her arrival at Lyon, the French cast had won the Coupe de la League, the Coupe de France, and the Champions League; while she came to defend 120 times the United States shirt with 73 scored goals. "I hope this change will push my game to another level," she said. "I want to be the best player in the United States, the best in the world," she said at the time.
Morgan made a decision criticized by some people, but whose results proved her right. "Train with these incredible athletes every day and learn a unique style of play, this is what I need," she said. And she was not wrong, because six months later she raised the cup of the Champions of the old continent.
Morgan has been characterized by fighting for gender equality and has been an occasional model of the prestigious Sports Illustrated magazine, as highlighted by As of Chile. In addition, Morgan is the first female soccer player to appear in the popular FIFA video game, more specifically on the cover of the 2016 edition and with her idol the Argentine Lionel Messi.
Coincidence or not, that is also the first version of the game that included women's soccer teams. She is also passionate about reading, as she not only declared herself a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, but she also is a writer of a children's soccer book entitled The Kicks, said the same media.
An emblem of the United States women's team
Morgan debuted with the United States in the 2008 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, held in Puebla, Mexico. There, the soccer player scored her first international goal against Cuba. Then, in 2010 she made her senior debut against Mexico and scored her first goal against China.
In 2012, she traveled to the Olympic Games in London and won the gold medal with her team, scoring three goals. In 2015, it came the World Cup title in Canada, in which she also scored a goal, according to History Biography data.
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