In 2012, Alex joined the Seattle Sounders Women along with her national teammates Sydney Leroux, Stephanie Cox, Hope Solo, and Megan Rapinoe. The WPS had suspended operations due to numerous financial and legal challenges. Seattle presented new horizons and opportunities for Alex.
During an interview about her signing, Alex shared how excited she was about joining the Sounders. Seattle loved soccer. It was fitting that the city might become home to a professional women’s team in the future.
She Joins Western New York Flash
In January 2011, Alex became the first overall pick for the Western New York Flash as part of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) draft. Like many Alex Morgan moments to come, this was one of many outstanding firsts. She was the first California player drafted in round 1 of the WPD draft. On May 1, 2011, Alex scored her first goal during a home opener, where the Flash won 3-0 against Atlanta Beat.
The young star was in for a brilliant season with 14 matches and four goals throughout 2011. The Flash won the WPS Championship and the regular season title that year.
2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
Alex scored a crucial late goal that helped the U.S. place at the 2011 Women's World Cup. She became the youngest player on the national team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Age would cease to matter, as everyone would soon discover.
She scored a goal and an assist during the finals against Japan, the first-ever player to hold that distinction in a World Cup final. The U.S. national team placed second that year, but a new star had been born.
A Good Season in Seattle
The 2012 season was a game-changer for the Sounders. Nine out of ten home matches at the Starfire Stadium were sold out. Fans were thrilled to watch so many national players on the team. Average attendance for the Sounders Women rose dramatically – at least four times higher than the next team.
Alex scored two goals and two assists during her season appearances for the club. She could only appear thrice due to national team commitments at the time.
At the London Olympics
2012 was a great year for Alex Morgan. She scored her first career hat trick at the Algarve Cup during a match against Sweden. She then traveled to London for the Olympics and returned with a gold medal.
Alex scored in the 123rd minute of a semi-final against Canada, setting a new record for the latest goal in women’s football history. Her assist in the final match against Japan helped teammate Carli Llyod score a decisive goal and secure victory for the U.S.