Besides making good money, Alex’s contract with Lyon also included provisions for a return in 2018. The athlete decided against it, however. In September 2017, the young star confirmed she was returning instead to Orlando Pride for the 2018 season. The Pride has already announced Alex to their active 20-player roster as early as June of that year.
The season started well enough, but the team did not match up to their successful campaign in 2017. Pride finished seventh out of nine teams. Alex played in nineteen games and scored five goals during the season.
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."
She Continues Making Soccer History
In 2018, Alex won the U.S. Soccer's Female Player of the Year award with a tally of 18 goals in 19 appearances for the country that year. The tally included a hat trick in the 2018 Tournament of Nations (her fourth career hat trick) and seven goals at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in 2018.
She also helped the U.S. team qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Alex scored two goals out of 6, steering the team to a thrilling 6-0 win over Jamaica.
There's No Stopping Alex Morgan
In 2018, Alex emerged as the top scorer at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship with seven goals. She followed this up in style at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. Alex’s six goals earned her the distinction of joint top scorer, five of which were part of the record-breaking 13-0 win over Thailand.
The athlete also made the news for cheeky things, such as pretending to sip tea after a semi-final victory over England.