Alex Morgan and her trademark headband are the face of soccer in the USA.
1999 marks the birth of women's soccer in the United States and rightfully Team USA's World Cup Title. Twelve years later, 21-year old Alex Morgan began the next chapter as the youngest member of the 2011 USA World Cup Team. Although she had success in 2008 U20 World Cup, the few who followed the game knew her.
All this was about to change, as Morgan would quickly become the face of the USA women's soccer, scoring her first World Cup goal in the semi finals and a goal assist in the final against Japan. Although the US team fell short of the title, a star was born on the world stage. Her stardom went to the next level at the 2012 Olympics where she helped secure the Gold Medal. Morgan was acknowledged for her efforts, earning 2012 US Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
Dominant for Team USA, having netted 98 goals in 153 appearances since 2010, Morgan has had just as much success in professional soccer as well. She was first drafted in 2001 by the Western New York Flash of the WPS and helped the team to the championship that season. In 2012, she played for the Seattle Sounders Women; from 2013 through 2015 she appeared in 36 games for the Portland Thorns and from 2016 through 2018 the Orlando Pride and Lyon. All told, Morgan has scored 44 professional goals in 107 appearances.
As notable as she is on the field for her talent, she has become inseparable from her headband. She was once heard to say she wouldn’t step on the field without a headband.
Morgan has now become more famous to those who are not soccer enthusiasts. She has appeared in numerous magazines, including Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, ESPN the Magazine’s Music Issue, Health, Shape and Vogue.
In addition to appearances in publications, in July 2015 Morgan her Portland Thorns teammates Christine Sinclair and Steph Catley appeared on the cover of EA Sports' FIFA 16. She's also made television appearances on American Idol, the ESPY Awards and direct-to-video film Alex & Me.
Having partnered with Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Nike, she has ventured out into marketing as well. Once a budding soccer superstar, Alex Morgan has become much more than just the face of US women's soccer and will likely continue to have a long, prosperous career.