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Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan
Date of birth:

July 2, 1989

Nationality:

Flag of the United States United States

Position:

Striker

Team:

Unaired

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 Olympique Lyonais in the D1 Femenine and the United States women's national soccer team. Shortly after graduating early from the University of California, Berkeley where she played for the women's soccer team, 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.

Off the field, Morgan teamed with Simon & Schuster to write a middle-grade book series about four soccer players entitled 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. A live-action kids comedy series based on the books and also titled The Kicks is broadcast via Amazon Prime.

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.