In June 2022, Alex joined the national team again – restoring balance in the universe of U.S. soccer. She has been recalled ahead of the 2022 CONCACAF championship and two friendlies against Colombia. Alex helped the national team win their third consecutive CONCACAF trophy – seemingly unaffected by the break from playing.
Her excellent penalty kick led the team to a 1-0 victory over Canada in the finals – a feat that automatically qualified the U.S. for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Change Is Afoot
November 2021 ushered in an era of surprise developments for the national team. Head coach Vlatko Andonovski decided to give younger players more opportunities and valuable minutes before the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. As a result, several veteran players found their names off the 22-player roster.
For the first time in a long while, Alex was among those who would not be representing U.S. soccer. By extension, her name did not feature in the roster for the 2022 SheBelieves Cup scheduled for February.
She Joins San Diego Wave FC
The NWSL expanded from 10 teams to 12 in 2021. The newly-formed San Diego Wave FC traded for Alex, who signed with the club in December 2021. One of her primary reasons for joining the Wave was being closer to family. She is from San Dimas, California. Although she dedicated most of the last five years playing for Orlando, they had not made the playoffs since 2017.
After another disappointing 2021 season, Alex felt it was time to move on. In return, Orlando got Angharad James and a whopping $275,000 in allocation money.
The Force That Is Alex Morgan
Alex continued proving why she was the best in women’s soccer in the U.S. Not only did she secure a spot for the team in the Olympics, but she helped them qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023. Alex scored two brilliant goals during the opening match against Haiti in July 2022.
She was also a part of the squad that played Jamaica on July 7, winning the game 5-0. Alex won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player and made it to the best XI.
Alex Is Super Competitive
Alex was always the most competitive kid around. She later admitted in an interview that she could not picture herself doing anything other than a competitive sport. Had she not become a soccer player, she would have found another sport - perhaps volleyball or softball. Her teammates and former coaches have echoed the sentiment.
One of her teammates described Alex as the most competitive person she’s ever seen – taking casual board games as seriously as a national game! Her husband shared how their card games routinely turn into a fight, with long and awkward silences after.