Professional Athlete of the Week: Soccer Player Alex Morgan

A current star on one of the newest National Women’s Soccer League, the Orlando Pride, Alex Morgan has had an illustrious career despite being plagued by injuries in recent years, and she’s not done yet.

As part of the U.S. Women’s National Team the California native played in her second World Cup in 2015 in Canada, according to U.S. Soccer, and scored important goals in crucial games. In addition, she also scored the game winning goal at the 10th Algarve Cup in Portugal, against Switzerland’s squad. 2015 was also notable for the athlete because she scored her 50th international goal, the 10th women’s national team player to do so; Morgan currently has 69 goals.

In 2013 she was named the first ever CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year and was a finalist for the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award. The year before she had one of her best performances on the national team, which included being named U.S. Soccer’s Female Athlete of the Year and helping the USWNT qualify and win a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, as U.S. Soccer reports. Her performance at the 2011 Women’s World Cup was impressive after being called up to the senior team in 2009, and a successful youth national team career.

At the club level, she previously played with the Portland Thorns before joining the Orlando Pride roster. Among her career highlights with the Thorns are winning the Harry Glickman Award for Female Professional Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Oregon Sports Awards, and helping the team make the playoffs two years in a row.

Soccer fans, keep an eye out for Morgan on the field.

by Mariela S.M.

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