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Alex Morgan is still adjusting to her career as a working mom — and that means those post-practice naps are making way for daughter Charlie’s schedule.
“My life has definitely made a 180. When we have an afternoon gap between trainings or whatever it is, it’s not like, ‘Oh, let me lay down and watch TV and take like a nap,’” she said. “I’m hanging out with Charlie the whole time. I’m on her schedule and I absolutely love it, but it’s just very different, for sure.”
2020: Challenging year for Alex Morgan
Morgan didn’t play for the United States last year because of her pregnancy and Charlie’s birth. Then after a stint playing in England, she battled the coronavirus and missed January training camp.
Following Charlie’s arrival in May 2020, Morgan wanted to get training and playing time to get back into game shape.
Opportunities were limited stateside. Her National Women’s Soccer League team, the Orlando Pride, did not play in the league’s Challenge Cup tournament last summer and the subsequent fall series was limited to just four games.
Despite everything that happened in 2020, between the birth of her daughter and the pandemic, Alex Morgan decided to return to the U.S. Women's National Team for the SheBelieves Cup played in February 2021 and for the Olympics where they won the bronze medal against Australia.
What's next for the U.S. Women's National team
Though the Tokyo Olympics are just barely in the rearview mirror, Alex Morgan and the US Women's National Team are already looking ahead to what comes next.
"You look at the next big tournament, which is the World Cup, and we have two years," Morgan told Insider. "People ask when you start preparing for that, and you start now."
"You start talking about it, you start making every decision based on it," she added.
With the 2020 games postponed by a full year, the USWNT has even less time than usual to prepare for the next World Cup. And while Morgan doesn't foresee "huge turnover" on the team's roster between now and then, she knows the four-time World Cup champions will be missing at least one — and perhaps two — key pieces headed into the 2023 World Cup hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
Morgan knows it'll be a challenge to replace Lloyd's and Rapinoe's contributions on the pitch and in the locker room.
"Those are huge players," Morgan said. "Not only huge players at the moment, like big-time players but actually vocal players. They're players who lead by example, players who have really taken on this team as who they are and done everything for this team for 10, 15 years."
"And that's a huge accomplishment to those players, but it's also really big shoes to fill," she added.
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.