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After several moves to Europe, while finishing the season in the United States, Morgan will leave Orlando Pride once for all after having played five seasons under their command. During that time, she played 66 matches and contributed her usual great offensive performances with 23 goals. In addition, between tournaments, she played for teams such as Olympique Lyon and Tottenham Hotspur.
San Diego Wave FC
Now after making official the arrival of the historic USWNT player, San Diego Wave FC will reunite two pillars of USA's team success, with Jill Ellis as team president and chief athletic decision-maker, while Alex Morgan will be the leader of the team under Casey Stoney.
Alex Morgan will wear her eighth jersey in U.S. soccer, after playing for teams such as Seattle Sounders, Portland Thorns, Orlando Pride, and California Storm. Besides that, it is important to highlight her experience in European clubs such as Olympique Lyon and Tottenham.
She will join USWNT teammate Abby Dahlkemper with the Wave in 2022, who was also acquired in a trade earlier this fall. Dahlkemper joined from the Houston Dash after the Wave acquired her NWSL rights in a three-way deal with the Dash and North Carolina Courage.
“As a Southern California native, I am excited to be making a long-term commitment to Wave FC and the city of San Diego,” Morgan said in a club statement.
“I am coming home to partner with this ambitious new club and to push the league forward for generations of soccer players to come. I cannot wait to get started and I will do everything I can to help bring a championship to this great city.”
Alex Morgan career USWNT
Overall, the 32-year-old forward has 115 career goals in 190 appearances for the United States. At the 2011 World Cup, 22-year-old Alex Morgan—the youngest player on that U.S. World Cup roster—scored in the semi-final against France and scored again in the final against Japan.
This was the spectacular introduction to one of the most prolific goal scorers in U.S. soccer history. On April 4, 2019, Morgan scored her 100th goal, and it was trademark Morgan: out-muscling a defender and crashing toward goal with incredible force and speed. Headed into her third World Cup, watch for Morgan to put on her most electrifying display yet.
Other NWSL Moves
Orlando also sent defender Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris to NJ/NY Gotham FC in exchange for draft picks. USWNT star midfielders Julie Ertz (Chicago to Angel City) and Sam Mewis (North Carolina to Kansas City) have also been traded.
With no Olympics or World Cup this year, the star USWNT players should be fully participating in the league to chase an NWSL Championship.
The National Women’s Soccer League announced the dates of the upcoming 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft. The 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft will take place Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the 2022 NWSL Draft set for Saturday, December 18 at 2 p.m. ET.