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Episode 771

Alex Morgan
Thu, 2019-Jun-13 01:13 UTC
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With 175,373 views on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 our article of the day is Alex Morgan.

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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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