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Alexandra Patricia “Alex” Morgan (born July 2, 1989) is an American soccer player and Olympic gold medalist. She is a forward for the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and for the United States women’s national soccer team. Morgan was drafted number one overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash, where she made her professional debut and helped the team win the league championship. At age 22, she was the youngest player on the national team at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the 2012 London Olympics she scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute of the semifinal game against Canada. She finished 2012 with 28 goals and 21 assists, joining Mia Hamm as the only American women to score 20 goals and collect 20 assists in the same calendar year, and making her the sixth and youngest U.S. player to score 20 goals in a single year. She was subsequently named U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year and was a FIFA World Player of the Year finalist.
Off the field, Morgan teamed with Simon & Schuster to write a middle-grade book series about four soccer players entitled The Kicks. The first book in the series, Saving the Team (ISBN 1442485701), debuted at number seven on the The New York Times Best Seller list for Children’s Middle Grade in May 2013. She has endorsement deals with Nike, Panasonic, Coca Cola, ChapStick, and Bridgestone. She recently married soccer player Servando Carrasco.