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.
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.
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.
Wins, Accolades, And Injury
Her success with the United States National Women’s Team continued unabated in 2013. The team lifted the 2013 Algarve Cup with Morgan finishing as the tournament's top scorer. The squad clinched another title victory in the 2015 Algarve Cup. Next stop? The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
But, sadly, during the run-up to the most critical tournament of the year, Alex spent two months recovering from a knee injury she sustained during the NWSL season against the Boston Breakers.
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Despite the injury scare, Alex arrived in top form for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. She started every game in the tournament. Her first was the group match against Nigeria, where the U.S. won 1-0.
Although she registered only one goal, she won crucial penalties for the U.S. in knockout games against Colombia and Germany. Alex started the final match as the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 to win their third FIFA Women’s World Cup.