Alex Morgan is the youngest of three sisters: six years younger than Jenny, four years younger than Jeri. In spite of the significant age gap, Morgan always thought she should be able to keep up. “I’d race them down the street,” Morgan said. “Everything was a competition. Beating someone to us was just so sweet, even if it was just a family member.”
“My mom was the type who was really loving and supportive and super positive. She’s like, ‘Honey, if you lose, it’s ok,’ whereas my Dad always wanted me to push the limits. He’s like, ‘You’ve got to be the best. No one remembers No. 2. I feel really lucky to have gotten to have both viewpoints. I got the best of both worlds.”
Growing up, her mother inspired her, “My mom worked really hard to get her master’s degree. She would work during the day and go to school at night so that she could get a better job and give us a better life. I realized how supportive my parents were and how much it cost them and I wanted to make them proud for everything they were doing.”
In 2013, Morgan published the first book in the series The Kicks, a collection of chapter books geared toward fourth and sixth graders. They follow Devin, a 12-year-old, who leaves her Connecticut hometown and moves to California, where she has to face stiff competition and start over. The first book in the series, Saving the Team, debuted at number seven on the The New York Times Best Seller list.
- Full Name: Alexandra Morgan Carrasco.
- Married professional soccer player Servando Carrasco, currently of Orlando City SC, on Dec. 31, 2014.
- Graduated from Cal in December of 2010, a full semester early, with a degree in political economy.
- Works with UNICEF as a Global Athlete Ambassador.
- The pink headband she wears when she plays is to support her mother-in-law, Gloria Carrasco, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 but eventually beat cancer and remains in remission.
- Was on “The Bachelor” as a soccer coach with Kelley O’Hara during the 2015 season.
- She played volleyball in high school, lettering twice, and was a right outside hitter but had to stop playing due to soccer commitments.
- Studied in Madrid in the summer of 2009 and speaks a bit of Spanish.
- She started wearing the No. 13 because everyone told her it was unlucky and she wanted to prove it was her lucky number, in addition to honoring former WNT star Kristine Lilly, who was one of her role models growing up.
- Captained the 2006 Cal South ’89 State Team to the U-17 national title.
- Played club for Cypress Elite from ages 14-18 and a few matches at the U-20 level for the San Diego Surf.
U.S. Women's National Team
- Has played in five games so far this year, starting one.
- At 73 international goals, she is two away from tying Cindy Parlow in seventh place on the all-time scoring list.
- After battling injuries in 2014-15, Morgan had a strong 2016, kicking off the year in her home state of California, where she earned her 100th cap, the 34th U.S. woman to do so, and scored her first goal of the year in a win against Ireland in San Diego.
- Scored in double figures for the first time since 2012, finding the net 17 times which tied for the team lead.
- Played in all five games at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship to help the USA to the regional title and a berth to the Olympics.
- Scored twice in the opening game of qualifying against Costa Rica (first goal was 12 seconds in) and then bagged a hat trick in the crucial semifinal match against T&T. The hat trick was the third of her career and she also had four two-goal games during the year.
- Started three of the four games in her second Olympics and scored two goals, getting the clincher against New Zealand in the opening game and the crucial equalizer later in the quarterfinal match against Sweden. Has six career Olympic goals which puts her in third place all-time behind Abby Wambach (10) and Carli Lloyd (8).
- Named the 2016 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year, the second time she has won the award.
- Was a member of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup champions.
- She was coming off injury heading into the tournament and came off the bench in the first two games, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knockout round games, scoring against Colombia and earning penalty kicks against Colombia and most importantly against Germany in the semifinal which was converted by Carli Lloyd in the match that send the USA to the World Cup Final.
- Spent the first part of the year finishing her recovery from an ankle injury but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered a different ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.
- Missed a few games due to an ankle injury, but still played in 12 games, while starting 10.
- Scored six goals with four assists, including the equalizer against Sweden during a 1-1 tie in the final group match of the Algarve Cup that sent the USA to the championship game, where she scored both goals in a 2-0 victory vs. Germany.
- Was a finalist for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year. Was the CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year, the first time the award was been given out.
- Was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the first time.
- Had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, scoring 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories.
- Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Abby Wambach (31 in 2004).
- Her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Mia Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991).
- Finished third in the voting for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
- Became a starter for the first time in the fifth game of the year, a 4-0 victory against Canada in the championship of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada. She torched Canada with two goals and two assists and would go on to start every game but one the rest of the year.
- Her two goals against Canada started a three-game streak in which she scored two goals in each game, which included a last-gasp winner against New Zealand during a 2-1 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at FC Dallas Stadium
- Started all six games at the 2012 Olympics, her first, playing all but 27 minutes of the tournament.
- Scored three goals in the Olympics, two against France in the opening match, including the crucial equalizer to make it 2-2, and one of the most dramatic goals in women’s soccer history in the 123rd minute of the semifinal against Canada.
- The game-winner against Canada at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, was the latest goal ever scored in FIFA history.
- Also had four assists at the Olympics, which included setting up Abby Wambach goals against North Korea and in the quarterfinal against New Zealand, and the first goal in the Olympic Final to Carli Lloyd.
- In the third-place match of the Algarve Cup against Sweden in Portugal, she registered her first career hat trick.
- Had a breakout performance at the Women’s World Cup, her first at the senior level, when she came off the bench for five of the six games and became, along with Abby Wambach, one of two U.S. players to score in the World Cup semifinal and championship game.
- Scored the third and game-clinching goal in the 3-1 victory over France in the semifinal and then tallied against Japan in the final to open the scoring. Also had an assist to Wambach in the championship game, becoming the first U.S. player to get a goal and an assist in the World Cup final.
- Named one of 10 players on the short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year.
- She made her U.S. debut on March 31, 2010 against Mexico in Salt Lake City, coming on at halftime in a match played on a snow-covered field.
- Played in eight matches, all off the bench, and scored one of the most important goals in recent U.S. history when she came into the first leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Playoff against Italy in Padova on Nov. 20 and scored the winning goal in stoppage time to give the USA a 1-0 victory.
- Scored her first career goal on Oct. 2 against China in Chester, Pa.
- Was the youngest player on the U.S. team at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.
- Finished her U-20 career with 10 career caps and five goals.
- Four of those goals came at the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup where she won the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the tournament and Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer.
- Played five months with Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) where she helped the team win the treble: the league title, the French Cup and the UEFA Champions League title. Morgan started the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff but aggravated her hamstring injury and was subbed off in the 23rd minute.
- With the season in France now over, Morgan has returned to the U.S. to continue rehabbing her injury and to rejoin the NWSL's Orlando Pride.
- Played every minute of all 15 matches she appeared in for the Orlando Pride, scoring four goals with one assist.
- Played in just four games for the Portland Thorns due to WNT commitments and injuries, but scored one goal with two assists.
- Still finished the season second on the all-time NWSL shots list with 153 and first in shots on goal with 87.
- On Oct. 26, she was traded to the Orlando Pride in exchange for the rights to Orlando's first Expansion Draft selection (which eventually became Meghan Klingenberg), the first-round selection (No. 1 overall) in the 2016 NWSL College Draft and one international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
- Missed a few games due to injury, but still played in 14 matches, starting 13, and scored six goals with four assists, which included three game-winning goals.
- Helped the Thorns to the playoffs for the second consecutive year …
- Allocated to Portland Thorns FC for the 2013 NWSL season and played 1,525 minutes in 18 games, all starts, while scoring eight goals with five assists.
- Her eight goals tied for third in the league in scoring with four other players.
- Helped Portland to a third place finish in the regular season, and while she didn’t play in the semifinal due to an injury, she came on as a substitute in the championship game and assisted on the game-clinching goal in the 2-0 victory vs. the Western New York Flash.
- Named to the NWSL Second XI.
- Played several matches with the Seattle Sounders in the W-League.
- Taken first overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash and helped the club to the WPS title in its first year.
- Played 106 minutes of the championship game during the penalty kick win against Philadelphia.