This past summer, Alex Morgan and the U.S. Women’s National Team made headlines when they won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Now, she’s in the spotlight for a very different, but equally inspiring reason. In October, the soccer champion and her husband, Major League Soccer player Servando Carrasco, announced that they are expecting their first child. Still, even with this exciting news, she doesn’t plan on putting her career on the backburner.
“I hope to get back on the field as soon as possible,” Morgan told USA Today. “After having a healthy baby, I want to get back with the national team and look forward to playing in Tokyo,” she says about planning to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July after her daughter’s expected birth in April.
“There are so many women that have been able to come back to their respective sport after pregnancy and continue to have a successful family while playing the sport that they love at the highest level,” Morgan said in her inspiring statement. One of those women she’s probably referring to is tennis star Serena Williams, who returned to the court eight months after giving birth.
“I plan to follow in those footsteps and be one of those women who have a family and carry my daughter around as I’m going to the next city to play.”
Getting back in the game months after giving birth isn’t the only inspiring message Morgan wants to send her daughter — and girls around the world. Fighting for equal pay has been something of a lifelong journey for her (and her famous teammate Megan Rapinoe). And, as Morgan told E! News, bridging the gap through her pregnancy has made the fight even more worth it: “Having a daughter on the way really validates everything that I’m fighting for,” she told the publication at an event with Powerade. “It really makes me feel like I really am truly setting up the next generation for even greater success than we’re able to attain.”
We should all take a page from Morgan’s book (badass soccer moves aside — pretty sure we won’t be able to learn those ourselves).