Alex Morgan Bio And Facts

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan is a familiar face when it comes to the game of women’s soccer. She has done it all in terms of accomplishments that can be made by a professional athlete. Not only has she led her team, the US Women’s National Soccer Team, to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup twice in a row, but she has broken numerous records and earned many titles and awards along the way. Alex also earned one of the most prestigious trophies in sports history when she won Olympic gold in 2012 at the Summer Olympic Games in London.

She is known for being a talented striker with a diverse set of skills, whether it be playing soccer, speaking two languages, fighting for wage gap equality, or even being a New York Times best-selling author.

  • Birthdate: July 2, 1989
  • Education: University of California at Berkeley
  • Net Worth: $3 million
  • Occupation: Professional Soccer Player
  • Height: 5’7” (1.70 m)
  • Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
  • Position: Forward, Striker
  • Years Active: 2011-present
  • Nicknames: Baby Horse
  • Teams: Western New York Flash, Orlando Pride, San Diego Wave FC, and the U.S. Women’s National Team

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Soccer Career

Alex Morgan began her soccer career unofficially when she decided to join the soccer club Cypress Elite at the rather late age of 14 years old. After high school, Morgan was recruited to play soccer for the team at the University of California at Berkeley. She graduated a semester early, and officially began her professional soccer career when she was drafted as the number one pick by the Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). Later that year, at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Alex’s first time participating in the tournament, she continued to excel on the field when she scored one goal in the semifinal game and then again against Japan in the final. Morgan was the youngest player on the US team at the time, at age 22.

Unfortunately, the US lost against Japan in that final game, but that only motivated Morgan more. The next year, in 2012, she earned a spot on the US Olympic women’s soccer team and won her first gold medal after defeating the Japanese squad.

Later in 2016, Alex led the USA Olympic women’s soccer team to the quarter-final game against Sweden, where they unfortunately lost in an intense round of penalty kicks. In 2019, she was able to play in a total of six matches because her priority was to play for the US Women’s Team in preparation for the World Cup. Later that year, Alex led the US Women’s National Soccer team as one of the co-captains to the 2019 World Cup Finals, where they beat the Netherlands by two goals to take home the title. This World Cup win in 2019 was Alex’s fourth World Cup title that she has won in her professional soccer career. In 2021, Morgan won yet another Olympic medal, winning bronze at the Tokyo Games. Morgan continues to play in the NWSL and for the US Women’s National Team as of 2022, while she also works to fix the wage gap present between female and male professional sports.  

Titles and Awards

Alex Morgan is one of the most decorated female athletes when it comes to the various awards and honors she has received and continues to earn throughout her soccer career. In 2008, Alex received the FIFA under-twenty Women’s World Cup Silver Ball. She then proceeded to earn the title of the U.S Soccer Athlete of the Year in both 2012 and 2018. Alex has also been given the CONCACAF Player of the Year in 2013, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

In 2019, Alex was awarded the Silver Boot after her team, the US Women’s National Soccer Team, won the 2019 World Cup. In addition, Alex earned a gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games in 2012 and a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in 2021. 

In 2016, after scoring a goal in just under 12 seconds, Alex broke the record for the fastest goal ever to be scored in the history of US soccer. Morgan has won multiple ESPYs for her performance on the field. These include the ESPY for Best Team in 2015 and 2019, Best Female Athlete in 2019, and multiple other nominations.

Personal Life

Alex Morgan was born on July 2, 1989. She was born in San Dimas, California, but grew up in Diamond Bar, California, attending Diamond Bar High School before getting recruited to play soccer at the University of California at Berkeley. She is known for her soccer skills, but she continues to make an impact on the community in many other ways. Along with the fact that she is a best-selling author, she also has made a huge impact in the fight for wage gap inequalities, especially within women’s professional sports. Alex likes to practice yoga, spend time with her family and their dog, as well as eat her favorite food, Mexican. She’s also a vegetarian!

Fun Facts

  • On April 4, 2019, Alex scored her 100th international goal for the US National Women’s Soccer Team.
  • Alex Morgan is also a New York Times best-selling author because of the series of kid’s books she wrote called The Kicks.
  • Morgan is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. She studied abroad in Madrid during college in the summer of 2009.
  • Alex began playing soccer more seriously in 2003, at the rather late age of 14, when she decided to join a club soccer team, Cypress Elite.
  • In the spring of 2016, Alex, along with many of her teammates, filed a complaint against the women’s soccer league in the US regarding the gender wage gap. Four years later, in the spring of 2020, a federal judge ruled against their complaint. A collective bargaining agreement guaranteeing equal pay was finally signed in September 2022.

FAQ

What is Alex Morgan's full name?

Alex Morgan’s full and legal name is Alexandra Morgan Carrasco. She was born in San Dimas, California. Alex was raised by her two parents, Pamela and Michael Morgan, and she has two sisters, Jeni and Jeri Morgan. Her name has an addition at the end of it from her marriage in 2014 to her husband, Servando Carrasco. Although Alex’s legal name includes Carrasco at the end of it, she still continues to play wearing a jersey with the name Morgan on it.

Where does Alex Morgan live now?

Alex Morgan lives in Southern California, specifically San Diego. She currently plays for the San Diego Wave FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

Is Alex Morgan still playing soccer?

Yes, Alex still plays soccer as of the year 2022. She gave birth to her daughter on May 7th, 2020. Her daughter’s name is Charlie Elena Carrasco. She came back after giving birth and has continued to play in both NWSL and International soccer matches.

What team does Alex Morgan play for currently?

Alex Morgan currently plays for two different teams. The more local team that she plays for is known as The San Diego Wave FC. Based in San Diego, California, this team is part of the National Women’s Soccer League. The NWSL is the top division of professional soccer that can be played by women in the US, and Alex also plays for the US Women’s National Team.