Alex Morgan

Number: 13
Position: Forward
Height: 5-7
Born: July 2, 1989, in San Dimas, Calif.
Hometown: Diamond Bar, Calif.
College: California
Last Club: Seattle Sounders Women (W-League)

 

 

A dynamic forward and one of the most popular players on the U.S. Women’s National Team and worldwide, Morgan was added to the Thorns FC roster through the National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013. Morgan returns to Portland in 2014 for her second season with the club.

2014: Appeared in 14 regular-season matches (13 starts) after recovering from an ankle injury ... Recorded six goals and four assists ... Ranked third in the NWSL in shots on goal (36) and sixth in shots (56) ... Tallied her first brace for the club, one of five players to accomplish this feat, earning her NWSL Player of the Week honors in a 6-1 win at Washington on June 21 ... Finished with a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win against Boston on July 20, becoming the first player in club history to record multiple multi-assist games in her NWSL career ... Scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Seattle Reign FC on Aug. 17 to help Thorns FC secure a berth in the NWSL Playoffs ... Made her season debut on June 7 against the Western New York Flash.

2013: Voted as the Supporters’ Player of the Year by fans ... Named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team ... Logged an assist on Portland’s second goal in the NWSL championship game after coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute ... Sustained a mild MCL sprain in her left knee on Aug. 7 against Boston and missed the final two regular-season matches, as well as the NWSL semifinals against FC Kansas City on Aug. 24 ... Finished the season as the league leader in shots (82) and shots on goal (44) ... Was the team’s Golden Boot winner after leading the club in scoring with eight goals and five assists (21pts) ... Earned a point in four straight games from July 21-Aug. 4 ... Tallied her eighth goal on Aug. 4 against FC Kansas City ... Scored in a 3-1 win over Sky Blue FC on July 31 ... Registered a goal and assist in a 2-1 win at Boston on July 21 ... Tallied a goal and two assists on June 6 against FC Kansas City, becoming the first Thorns FC player to record a multi-assist game ... Earned a point in four straight games from April 21-May 16 ... Registered her fourth goal in a 2-0 win over Washington on May 19 ... Scored a goal in back-to-back matches May 4-12 ... Tallied her second goal of the season, a 12th-minute penalty kick, in a 2-1 road win at Washington on May 4 ... Scored her first goal in the 52nd minute of a 2-1 win against Seattle Reign FC on April 21.

2012: Played for the Seattle Sounders FC Women 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 and three assists … Played 106 minutes of the championship game during the penalty-kick win against Philadelphia.

INTERNATIONAL: 2013: Has registered four goals and four assists in seven matches ... Tallied a three-assist performance in a 5-0 win against China PR on March 8 ... 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, B.C. ... She torched Canada with two goals and two assists and would go on to start every game but one the rest of the year ... Ended the year with 31 matches played and 27 starts ... Started all six games at the London 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 ... Her looping header off a cross from Heather O’Reilly came just moments before the final whistle ... 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 ... Played in four games at CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, starting just the final, and had four goals and six assists  ... Her two goals against Canada in Olympic qualifying 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 ... In the third-place match of the Algarve Cup against Sweden in Portugal, she registered her first career hat trick ... Had nine multiple-goal games on the year, including her second career hat trick, which came against Ireland at Providence Park in Portland as she scored three times in a 21-minute span at the end of the first half ... Scored in 18 of her 31 matches ... 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 ... Played in 19 total matches, starting just two, but scored six goals with two assists ... Scored three goals at the Algarve Cup in Portugal and was given the Top Scorer Award ... 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 where she played in four games and scored two goals against Guatemala and Costa Rica ... 2009: Earned her first call-up to the senior side in December … 2008: Finished her U-20 career with 10 career caps and five goals … Four of those goals came at the 2008 FIFA U-20 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 ... Scored against France, twice against Argentina and then in the championship game against Korea DPR in the 42nd minute after a slaloming run ... Played in four games at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, scoring one goal against Cuba while picking up three assists.

COLLEGE: 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) ... Had she not missed numerous games as a senior while playing for the national team, likely would have finished atop both lists ... Played in 67 games in her college career, starting 61 and firing 272 shots ... 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 ... As a junior in 2009, she led Cal in goals (14), assists (8), points (36), shots (97) and shots on goal (55) and tallied three game-winning goals ... As a sophomore in 2008 she led Cal in points (23), goals (9), shots (76) and shots on goal (39) ... As a freshman in 2007, she started 15 of the 17 games she played in but missed four games at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle ... Led Cal in points (18) and goals (8) ... Tallied game-winning goals against San Diego State, Saint Mary’s and No. 1 Santa Clara ... Posted a hat trick against Saint Mary’s and had two goals at Arizona State ... In the spring, she scored a hat trick in Cal’s 3-2 win against North Carolina.

PERSONAL: Graduated in December 2010, a full semester early, with a degree in political economy ... Walked in the Just Dance 4 runway show during New York Fashion Week in the fall of 2012 and would love to have the experience again ... Has a cat named Brooklyn that has six toes on both front feet ... Enjoys shopping ... Enjoys doing Vinyasa Yoga and recently started doing spin classes, especially enjoys FlyWheel ... Supports Barcelona, but enjoys watching all good soccer.