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.
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.
She Appears in Sports Illustrated
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.
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
She Joins Portland Thorns FC
The inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) was on January 11, 2013. As part of the NWSL allocation, Alex and three other national team players joined Portland Thorns FC. Alex kicked off the team’s home opener with a goal against Seattle Reign FC, with Portland eventually winning the match 2-1.
After the regular season wrapped up, Alex emerged as the team’s point leader. She and Christine Sinclair jointly held the position of scoring leader with 21 points (eight goals and five assists) each.