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.
She Struggles To Find Her Feet
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.
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 And Taylor Swift Love The Number 13
It is common knowledge that Alex and Tay-Tay are besties. At the 2019 Teen Choice Awards, the two redefined friendship goals and regularly featured each other on their Instagram stories. Taylor posted a picture of them on Twitter with a caption that read, “The thirteens really jumped out.”
Taylor and Alex love the number 13. Alex wears 13 on her jersey. Given her numerous tournament wins and awards, 13 seems to be her lucky number. Taylor, born on December 13, has always found ways to incorporate 13 in her album releases and music.
She Returns To Orlando Pride And Signs With An English Club
Alex returned to Orlando Pride in September 2020 before the Fall series. The new mama was ready to go. She had missed the NWSL Challenge Cup in the summer of 2020 and was eager to get back into training.
That same year, she signed a three-month contract with Tottenham Hotspur in England from September to December 2020. But, seeing her play, it was clear that Alex was struggling to regain form and fitness after lingering injuries and pregnancy.