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.
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
A Good Run In Portland
In August 2013, Portland won the NWSL inaugural championship title against Western New York Flash, who had been regular season champs until then. Portland won 2-0, with Morgan assisting brilliantly on the second goal. After a phenomenal first run, Alex returned to Portland for the 2014 season - one that would be more thrilling than the first.
The team welcomed a new head coach, Paul Riley, that year. Alex made 15 appearances and scored six goals for Portland. In October 2015, the Thorns announced it had traded Alex and teammate Kaylyn Kyle to Orlando Pride.
She Appeared In An ESPN Documentary
Given her phenomenal success, it was only a matter of time before a television stint came calling. In 2013, Alex appeared in “Nine for IX” – an ESPN documentary series by women filmmakers about women in sports.
Alex appears in a story about the hard work, success, and legacy of the national team that won the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999. The film also delves into the stories of successful female coaches, intriguing athlete backstories, and the objectification of female athletes.