The United States women’s national team and Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan will join Tottenham Hotspur, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN.
Athletic first reported the imminent move to Morgan’s London club.
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Morgan, 31, is the latest in a line of USWNT stars joining the FA Women’s Super League for the 2020-21 season. Manchester United announced the addition of Tobin Heath and Kristen Press earlier this week, while Manchester City previously signed Rose Lovell and Sam Lewis. All five Americans played in the 2019 World Cup final.
Sources confirmed that Morgan’s contract runs through the final four months of the calendar year, but includes an option to stay at Tottenham through the end of his season in May.
This will be Morgan’s second time playing professionally in Europe. He signed with Lyon under a similar arrangement for the second half of the 2016–17 season. Leon went on to win the Champions League that season, though injuries limited Morgan’s time on the field.
As an allocated player in the NWSL, his league salary is paid by US Soccer, and there is no transfer fee due to Pride or the US Federation.
Morgan will join Tottenham with Orlando teammates Alana Kennedy and Shelina Zadorsky, who were promoted to the English top division this season. Canada international Zadorsky is also an allocated player in the NWSL.
Morgan has recently returned to Orglando, beginning training with Pride in an already ongoing NWSL fall schedule. Orlando coach Mark Skinner said last week that he anticipated Morgan joining the entire team’s training this week and playing minutes for the team in its fall game. She has not played since giving birth to her daughter Charlie in May.
In the 2019 World Cup Silver Boots winner, who has played some of the best football of his decorated career, scoring 34 goals for his country since the start of 2017, Morgan’s farewell marked another star off the field for the six-week NWSL Weather removed. The teams will compete in three-team regional pods and without any plans for the playoffs.
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The NWSL was the first domestic professional league to return to competition in June, playing a month-long Challenge Cup inside a bubble at two sites in the Salt Lake City area. With no positive tests during the event and national television performances, the tournament was deemed largely successful for first-year Commissioner Lisa Baird and the league. That despite the absence of marquee players like Morgan, who did not play so quickly after the birth of their daughter, as well as Heath and the press, who chose to cite coronovirus concerns.
The league is also set to expand, with Racing joining Louisville in 2021, a star-studded Hollywood ownership group bringing a team to Los Angeles in 2022 and suggesting a team to Sacramento in 2022 Will also report. But Kerala’s departure for Chelsea after two-time MVP Sam, which preceded the coronovirus epidemic, this fall of so many players looking for a regular game, highlighted the continued rise of the NWSL, at least in the summer of optimism Respected
“We believe everyone is coming back throughout the league,” Portland coach Mark Parsons said Thursday after losing to Heath. “Let’s just say 90%, 95% come back. Or is it more or is it less? The big question is … … the quality and strength and growth that has taken place in this difficult year is optimal. Players decide. Have been, or clubs and decision-making players, I think this is very different from Case.
“I don’t know if we can answer [what it means for the NWSL] Actually by 2021 and we have a look at what it looks like in the NWSL. ”