Alex Morgan is mom goals.
On Wednesday, the 33-year-old striker scored her 14th goal for the U.S. women’s national team since giving birth to her daughter Charlie in 2020. With the goal, she broke the record for USWNT goals scored as a mom, surpassing Joy Fawcett.
The record-breaking strike also helped the USWNT to a 2-1 win against Brazil and a SheBelieves Cup sweep.
Alex Morgan has passed Joy Fawcett for the most goals scored as a mother in @USWNT history with 14 💙 #SheBelievesCup pic.twitter.com/gpuMo4UGkX— espnW (@espnW) February 23, 2023
Alex Morgan has passed Joy Fawcett for the most goals scored as a mother in @USWNT history with 14 💙 #SheBelievesCup pic.twitter.com/gpuMo4UGkX
Her teammate Mallory Swanson, who has been on a goal-scoring tear in 2023, called Morgan’s accomplishment “very inspiring.”
“I looked up to her before she had Charlie,” Swanson said. “But, even after, I think that just seeing her as a mother and what motherhood brings, you can see it, she’s like a completely different person.
“I think it’s super inspiring that not only off the field she’s a great mom, but on the field she’s still able to do what she has always done and score goals and basically be Alex Morgan.”
USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski called Morgan a “true winner” while pointing out the inspiration she provides for other players who want to have children. He also noted that while having Charlie and other kids in the team environment might be busy at times, it’s also fun.
“She’s a winner being on this team, she always comes through when you need her,” he said. “As a player but also as a mom, as Mal said, is very inspiring for a lot of females that want to and have kids and come back and play. And that’s very, very good.
“Obviously she’s not the first one. Other players have done it before, but for her to model that and continue that is great.”