- Alexandra Morgan Carrasco
- Nicknames are Alex, Al or Ali
- Married professional soccer player Servando Carrasco, currently of the Los Angeles Galaxy, on Dec. 31, 2014.
- At the end of 2017, she traveled with Servando to Tanzania to do humanitarian work with young players on behalf of U.S. Soccer’s Sports Envoy Program in association with the U.S. State Department.
- Named to the 2015 Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 in Sports.
- Graduated from California Berkeley in December of 2010, a full semester early, with a degree in political economy.
- Has written a series of children’s books titled “The Kicks,” with the seventh book published in the middle of 2017. Amazon will launch a scripted show based on the books.
- Works with UNICEF as a Global Athlete Ambassador.
- The pink headband she wears when she plays is in part 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.
- Appeared in the 2012 & 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues.
- Enjoys paddle-boarding and found two new hobbies this past year, shooting pool and golf.
- Studied in Madrid in the summer of 2009 and speaks a bit of Spanish.
- Has a license to drive a motorcycle, but doesn’t.
- 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.
All in the Family
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," she said. "Everything was a competition. Beating someone to us was just so sweet, even if it was just a family member." She has vivid memories of her father’s "Champion Dance," which he exhibited whenever he’d beat his daughters in a card game, dancing around the house. "It was the most annoying thing," laughs Morgan. “I was like, "I never want to lose ever again.’ I’m super competitive."
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." It wasn’t lost on Morgan. "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." 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.' "I feel really lucky to have gotten to have both viewpoints. I got the best of both worlds."
First Appearance: March 31, 2010 vs. Mexico. First Goal: Oct. 2, 2010 vs. China.
2017: A hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League Final kept her out of the USA’s June friendlies in Europe, but she returned for the Tournament of Nations and scored in the finale vs. Japan, starting a streak of seven goals in her final seven WNT games of the year. Her seven goals led the team and she also had two assists. Named the CONCACAF Female Player of the Year for the third time (2013, 2016). Named to the CONCACAF Best XI for the third consecutive year.
2016: 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. Named the 2016 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year. Was consistently dangerous all year while scoring in double figures for the first time since 2012, finding the net 17 times which tied for the team lead, also had three assists. Scored what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9, against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup, as she ran onto a long ball over the defense, lifted it over a defender with her left foot before plowing a full volley into the net with her right. 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 late in the quarterfinal match against Sweden. Now has six career Olympic goals which puts her in third place all-time behind Abby Wambach (10) and Carli Lloyd (8).
2015: In her second World Cup at the senior level, she was a key 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 knock-out 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 and proved to be the winning goal in the match that send the USA to the World Cup Final. Scored seven goals, including the USA’s first scored of the year on a fantastic header in a 1-0 win vs. England. Named to the CONCACAF Best XI.
2014: 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.
2013: Missed a few games due to an ankle injury, but still played 811 minutes 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. Named CONCACAF Women’s Player of the Year, the first time the award was given out.
2012: Had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, pounding in 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the first time. 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 and attended the Gala Awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland. 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. 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. Was named the FOX Soccer Player of the Year for men or women.
2011: 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.
2010: Earned her first career cap on March 31 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., tallying the tying goal in the 1-1 draw with seven minutes left. Was the youngest player on the U.S. team at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.
2009: Earned her first call-up to the senior side in December.
Youth National Teams: 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.
2017: Morgan spent the first part of 2017 in France playing with European power Olympique Lyon and helped the club to an historic treble, winning the League, French Cup and Champions League titles. She became just the third American to win a UEFA Champions League. She played in 15 matches during her stint in France, seven in the league (5 goals), three in the Cup (7 goals) and five in Champions League. She started the Champions League Final against rival Paris Saint-Germain but was forced to leave in the 23rd minute when she aggravated a hamstring injury. She returned to the USA during the summer to play for the Orlando Pride and ended the season on a scoring streak, helping the club to its first playoff appearance. She scored her nine goals in her last 12 games (while playing 13 total) and finished tied for fifth in the league in goals. She also had four assists and was named to the NWSL Second XI.
2016: Played every minute of all 15 matches she appeared in for the Pride, scoring four goals with one assist. She was named NWSL Player of the Month in August after she was directly involved in nine of the 13 goals scored by Orlando and scored in all five matches.
2015: Played in just four games for the Portland Thorns due to WNT commitments and injuries, but played 285 minutes in four games with three starts and scored one goal with two assists. On Oct. 26, she was traded to the Orlando Pride along with Canadian Kaylyn Kyle 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.
2014: 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. Despite missing games, she was still sixth in the league in shots (56) and third in shots on goal (36).
2013: 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.
2012: Played several matches with the Seattle Sounders in the W-League.
2011: 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 689 minutes in 13 games for the Flash, starting six, and had four goals (tied for second-most of any WNT player) with three assists.
Youth Club: Captained the 2006 Cal South ’89 State Team to the U-17 national title. Played club for Cypress Elite from ages 14-18. Played a few matches at the U-20 level for the San Diego Surf.
College: In 2015, she was named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team as a reserve. Concluded her college career at California in the fall of 2010 tied as the third all-time scorer in school history with 45 goals and in sole possession of third place in points (107). She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection. As a senior, she played in only 12 games due to National Team commitments but still led the Bears in goals (14) and points (30) and was first in the nation for the majority of the season in goal scoring. She capped off her career by being named on NSCAA First-Team All-American. She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior despite only playing in 12 matches. One of four finalists for the Honda Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport. She led her Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years, advancing to the second round twice.