Although hopes were high for the 2019 season, things did not improve at Orlando. She played in only six games for the club and failed to score – a stinging first for Alex, who had never ended a Pride season without scoring.
2019 was not her year, and it was crammed with international soccer commitments for the player. She spent most of the year playing matches overseas, which included the World Cup.
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.
2019 FIFA World Cup Winners
Apart from scoring goals, Alex won a critical penalty for her team in the 2019 World Cup final against the Netherlands – later converted by teammate Megan Rapinoe to open the scoring. The United States won the finals 2-0, and Alex received the Silver Boot.
She initially finished as the joint top-scorer but lost the Golden Boot in the eleventh hour to Megan Rapinoe. 2019 ended with her being benched and ruled out for the season due to a debilitating ankle injury.
In October 2019 she announced she was pregnant. Alex and Servando welcomed their daughter, Charlie Elena on May 7, 2020 – six weeks after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed. In the docuseries “Ready for Anything” (2021), Alex shared how it was hard being a first-time mother and a professional soccer athlete.
People told her she was never going to be the same player after coming back from pregnancy. Alex refused to give in to the notion that starting and family meant the end of her career. She would persevere, regardless of how difficult the journey might be.
Alex Returns To Professional Soccer After Pregnancy
Her much-anticipated national comeback took a while. After announcing her pregnancy in 2019, she dedicated her time to her family until 2020. Soon, international sporting events and club soccer came to a grinding halt following the 2020 global health crisis.
She made her first appearance on the national team in November 2020 under a new head coach, Vlatko Andonovski. In February 2021, Alex joined the 2021 SheBelieves Cup roster.