The 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue featured five Olympians. The issue hit the stands on Valentine’s Day, featuring the who’s-who of competitive sports – Michael Phelps, Rafael Nadal, Alex Morgan, Natalie Coughlin, and Chris Paul.
Alex and Natalie made waves in a risque spread covered in body paint. In an interview, Alex said she had been more nervous about her photo shoot than the 2011 World Cup final against Japan.
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.
Alex Morgan, the Cover Girl
The magazine features kept rolling in after her smashing spread in Sports Illustrated. In 2013, Alex was featured on the cover of the music issue of ESPN The Magazine along with teammates Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach.
The athletes recreated Katy Perry’s “One of the Boys” album cover. Alex appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated multiple times after 2012, particularly before and after winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.
She Marries the Love of Her Life
She met her husband, Orlando City midfielder Servando Carrasco while they were both playing for UC Berkeley soccer. The connection was instant. The pair began dating shortly, and an engagement followed in December 2013.
Alex and Servando had a winter wedding in 2014 that involved Maracas and personalized Coke cans for the guests. Alex has otherwise kept her personal life relatively private. She prefers staying out of the public eye when she’s not playing