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Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan training 2012.jpg
Morgan training with the United States national team in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAlexandra Patricia Morgan
Date of birth(1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birthDiamond Bar, California, United States
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing positionForward/Striker
Club information
Current clubPortland Thorns FC
Number13
Youth career
Cypress Elite
2007–2010California Golden Bears
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2009West Coast FC2(2)
2010California Storm3(5)
2010Pali Blues3(1)
2011Western New York Flash13(4)
2012Seattle Sounders Women3(2)
2013–Portland Thorns FC17(8)
National team
2008United States U2010(5)
2010–United States70(44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 30, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 10, 2013
 
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Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan training 2012.jpg
Morgan training with the United States national team in 2012
Personal information
Full nameAlexandra Patricia Morgan
Date of birth(1989-07-02) July 2, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birthDiamond Bar, California, United States
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing positionForward/Striker
Club information
Current clubPortland Thorns FC
Number13
Youth career
Cypress Elite
2007–2010California Golden Bears
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2008–2009West Coast FC2(2)
2010California Storm3(5)
2010Pali Blues3(1)
2011Western New York Flash13(4)
2012Seattle Sounders Women3(2)
2013–Portland Thorns FC17(8)
National team
2008United States U2010(5)
2010–United States70(44)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 30, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 10, 2013

Alexandra Patricia "Alex" Morgan (born July 2, 1989) is an American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist. She is a forward for National Women's Soccer League club Portland Thorns FC and the U.S. Women's National Team. Morgan was drafted number one overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash where she made her professional debut. She was the youngest player on the U.S. roster at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Her record-breaking game-winning goal in the 123rd minute against Canada during the 2012 London Olympics was her 20th goal in 2012 and propelled her to becoming the sixth and youngest U.S. player to do so in a single year. Morgan finished 2012 with 28 goals and 21 assists, joining Mia Hamm as the only American women to score 20 goals and 20 assists in the same calendar year. She was subsequently named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and was a FIFA World Player of the Year finalist.

Off the field, Morgan has a deal with Simon & Schuster to write a middle-grade book series about four soccer players entitled The Kicks. The first book in the series, Saving the Team (ISBN 1442485701), debuted at number seven on the The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Middle Grade in May 2013. Her second book, Sabotage Season, was released in September 2013.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born to Pamela S. (née Jeske) and Michael T. Morgan, she was raised in Diamond Bar, California with her two older sisters, Jeni and Jeri.[2] She was a multi-sport athlete growing up, but did not begin playing club soccer until she was 14.[3] Within three years she was called into the U-17 and U-20 national team.[4][5] She attended Diamond Bar High School, where she was a three-time all-league pick and was named an NSCAA All-American.[6]

Cal Bears[edit]

Morgan attended the University of California, Berkeley from 2007 to 2010 on a scholarship.[7] As a freshman playing for the California Bears, she was the leading scorer. Her last goal of her freshman season came against Stanford in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, tying the game at 1–1 with less than two minutes left in regulation time and forcing the Cardinal into overtime and then to penalty kicks. Despite continued absences due to U.S. national team commitments (2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and then the senior team) throughout her collegiate career, she still led the team in scoring and to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years, advancing to the second round twice.[5]

After being named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy during her junior year, Morgan became the first California player to be named one of the top-three Hermann Trophy finalists. She was also one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport.[5]

Morgan finished her collegiate career ranked third all-time in goals scored (45) and points (107) for the Golden Bears.[8] She graduated from UC Berkeley one semester early, with a degree in Political Economy.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Western New York Flash, 2011[edit]

On January 14, 2011, Morgan was the first overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash.[9] She was the first California Golden Bears women's soccer player to be drafted in the first round of Women's Professional Soccer.[citation needed] Morgan scored her first goal for the Flash during the team's 3–0 defeat of the Atlanta Beat on May 1, 2011. Throughout the regular season, she played in 14 matches and scored four goals.[10] The club won the regular season title and the WPS Championship title the same year.[11]

Portland Thorns FC, 2013–present[edit]

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.[12] 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.[13][14] 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).[15] She was named to the NWSL's Best XI Second Team. The club finished in a three-way tie atop the league in the regular season standings. On August 31, 2013, the club captured the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League championship title.[16] Morgan was named to the NWSL Best XI Second team on August 28.[17]

International[edit]

Alex Morgan of the United States Women's National Soccer Team in Frisco, Texas

Due to an anterior cruciate ligament 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.[18] 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.[19]

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 subsequently voted the best goal of the tournament,[20] and later FIFA's second-best goal of the year.[21] Morgan's 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.[22]

She has been capped by the senior national team, first appearing as a substitute in a match versus Mexico in March 2010,[23] 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 game 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.[24]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup[edit]

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.[25] Morgan finished eighth in the balloting for the 2011 FIFA World Player of the Year.[26]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Morgan didn't become a starter for the U.S. until the fifth game of the year in January, the final of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.[4] 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. Morgan scored 14 goals in a 12-game stretch from January to late May 2012, including three straight two-goal efforts. She earned her first career hat-trick on March 7, 2012, during a 4–0 victory against Sweden in the third-place game of the Algarve Cup. In June 2012, she was nominated for an ESPY Award as the Best Breakthrough Athlete.[27]

In the opening game of 2012 London Olympics group play, Morgan scored both the equalizer and the goal that sealed the win against France.[28] In the next three Olympic matches, she assisted on the game-winning goal, including two to Wambach.[29][30][31]

Gold medal match; USA vs Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Left to right, foreground: Kumagai-4, Alex Morgan-13, Sakaguchi-6, Iwashimizu-3; background: Rampone-3, Ohno-11

Morgan scored the winning goal in the Olympic semifinal 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.[32] 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 game-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.[33][34] In the final, a 2–1 win against Japan on August 9, Morgan assisted on a Carli Lloyd header.[35] She ended the tournament with 3 goals, and a team-high four assists (tied with Megan Rapinoe) and ten points (tied with Rapinoe and Wambach).[36] To celebrate her achievements, she was honored at her previous high school, Diamond Bar High School, and #13 was retired.

In 2012, Morgan led the U.S. in goals (28), multi-goal games (9), assists (21) and points (77).[37] 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 U.S. WNT history. Morgan joined an exclusive club as she and Hamm are the only U.S. WNT 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 U.S. WNT 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 games against the U.S.[4]

For her excellence on the field, U.S. Soccer announced Morgan as the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year.[38] Morgan’s exploits have also earned her a place on the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist, ultimately finished third in voting.[39]

2013 – present[edit]

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.[40][41] Morgan previously won the tournament’s golden boot in 2011.[42] 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 semifinal of the 2012 Olympic Games.[43] She was named for her third appearance on the 10-player short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2013.[44]

International goals[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

Club[edit]

Western New York Flash
Portland Thorns FC

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Morgan is engaged to Servando Carrasco of the Houston Dynamo, as of December 9th, 2013. [47] Although her teammates rarely use it nowadays, 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.[48][49][50] She has expressed her support for FC Barcelona.[51]

Other work[edit]

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

In 2012, Morgan signed with Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing to pen The Kicks, a three-book series for middle schoolers.[52] The main characters are four young girls centered on the themes of friendship, leadership, and soccer. In a statement released by Simon & Schuster, Morgan said she wanted her books to "inspire young girls" and "celebrate" her love of soccer. On September 1, 2012, the publisher set the release date for the first novel, Saving The Team, on May 14, 2013, and second novel, Sabotage Season, on September 3, 2013.[53] The first novel, Saving the Team (ISBN 1442485701), debuted at number seven on the The New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Middle Grade.[1]

Endorsements[edit]

Morgan has signed endorsement deals with Nike, Panasonic, and Coca Cola.[54] In July 2011, she signed a one-year endorsement deal with Bank of America.[55] In September of the same year, she co-starred with national teammate Hope Solo in a television commercial promoting ESPN's SportsCenter.[56] In January 2012, Morgan and national teammate Heather Mitts became brand ambassadors for health product company, GNC.[57] The same year, she made appearances on behalf of Ubisoft promoting the launch of their video game, Just Dance 4.[58]

In 2013, she appeared in television commercials for Bridgestone.[59] She joined a two-year partnership as the spokesperson for Chapstick in October, 2013.[60]

In popular culture[edit]

Magazines[edit]

Morgan has been featured in a number of magazines including the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, where she appeared in a section composed of athletes in body paint. She appeared in the 2013 music issue of ESPN The Magazine replicating Katy Perry's "One of the Boys" album cover.[61][62]

Television and film[edit]

Morgan has made appearances on the Today Show,[63]Good Morning America.,[64] Conan,[65] and Live with Kelly and Michael.[66] 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.[67]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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