Bio: One of the premier up-and-coming forwards in international women’s soccer, Morgan completed a breakout year in 2012 as a finalist for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, awarded to the world’s best player, and a spot in the rare 20/20 club as she became just the second U.S. Women’s National Team player to record 20 goals and 20 assists in a calendar year joining the legendary Mia Hamm on the list.
Acquired: Allocated to Portland Thorns FC via the NWSL National Team allocation process on Jan. 11, 2013.
U.S. National Team
2012: The 2012 calendar year saw the emergence of Alex Morgan into an international star as the southern California native recorded 28 goals and 21 assists in 31 matches earning her a spot as a finalist for FIFA’s prestigious Ballon d’Or … Became just the second U.S. Women’s National Team player to tally 20 goals and 20 assists in a calendar year, joining Mia Hamm on the list … Scored the latest ever goal in a FIFA competition when she headed in the game winner on Aug. 6 against Canada in a dramatic 4-3 win in an Olympic semifinal match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England … Scored three goals in six games to help lead the U.S. to its third consecutive Olympic gold medal, and fourth overall … 2011: Playing in her first Women’s World Cup at the senior level, Morgan came off the bench in five of her six matches … Scored the final goal in a 3-1 win against France in the semifinals, then tallied the opening goal in the championship match against Japan … Also assisted on a goal in the championship, becoming the first U.S. player to record a goal and an assist in a World Cup final … Named one of 10 players on the shortlist for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2010: Earned her first cap on March 31 against Mexico in Salt Lake City … Scored four goals in eight matches … Netted one of the most important goals of the year in a 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying playoff match against Italy in Padova on Nov. 20, her game-winning goal in stoppage time gave the U.S. a 1-0 victory and helped the team qualify for the World Cup … Youth National Teams: Scored four goals in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Won the tournament’s Silver Ball as the second best player and the Bronze Boot as the third-leading scorer.
2012: Appeared in three matches, scoring two goals, for the Seattle Sounders Women (W-League) … 2011: Was the first overall draft pick in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash … Helped guide the club to a league title during her first year … Scored four goals in 13 matches for Western New York and added three assists.
Finished her collegiate career at Cal in 2010 tied for third on the all-time scoring list with 45 goals … Missed a number of games during her senior season due to National Team duty … Started 61 of 67 matches for the Golden Bears in her career … Was a four-time All Pac-10 selection and was named an NSCAA First-Team All-American as a senior … Despite missing several matches, she was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior in 2010 … Helped lead Cal to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years.
Graduated from college a semester early with a degree in political economy … Arguably the United States’ most popular women’s soccer player, Morgan has more than 1 million followers on Twitter and more than 750,000 “Likes” on Facebook … Enjoys tennis, snowboarding and wakeboarding.