Alex isn’t just a top athlete. She’s not afraid to speak up for what is right. In 2016, she and four fellow players filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination. The women’s team was paid a quarter of the men’s salaries – despite the women’s team creating more revenue ($20 million more!).
As a result of the suit, the Soccer Federation negotiated a new, mutually agreeable deal. In September 2017, Alex and Megan Rapinoe also signed up for the Common Goal campaign, where players donate 1% of their wages to soccer-related non-profits.
She Sets The Bar Higher
During qualifications for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Alex scored a goal in under 12 seconds. She had set a new record for scoring the fastest goal in team history. Her achievements during this period earned the star a place in the tournament’s Best XI.
That same year in March, the United States Women’s National Team won the first SheBelieves Cup. Alex won the MVP award and the Golden Boot for her stellar performance.
A Life-Changing Trip
In 2016, she partnered with UNICEF on the “Kid Power Team” initiative to combat global hunger and malnutrition. The program focused on children’s holistic development through sport, exercise, and healthy food. It inspired Alex to use her platform for something bigger than her or the game.
In 2017, she and her husband traveled to Africa on a trip sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy. Soccer had always taken center stage in Alex’s life. But Tanzania transformed how she saw the sport and its potential for real-world impact.
A Stint In France
In January 2017, Alex signed a six-month contract with France’s Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) for a whopping $33,000 per month. With numerous goals and assists during the regular season, Alex’s French debut was enormously successful. On March 12, she executed a hat trick for Lyon during a match against Rodez, resulting in a 6-0 win and a spot in the semi-finals of the French Cup.
The unstoppable Alex scored four goals during the semi-final against Hénin-Beaumont – three goals within ten minutes. Alex was sadly not a part of the winning Lyon team at the finals due to a hamstring injury.
Trouble With The Law
In October 2017, cops stopped Alex and other fellow athletes from visiting Epcot in Florida claiming the group was causing a public disturbance. The incident report described the players as “verbally aggressive” to staff and guests, claiming Alex appeared highly impaired.
Authorities removed the group from the scene without any charges filed. Alex later posted an apology on Twitter that, among other things, read, "I will learn from this and make sure it does not happen again."