Entering the third trimester of her pregnancy didn’t hold star striker Alex Morgan back from joining the U.S. women’s national team at training in California this week.
Although she’s limited to zero impact and low-intensity drills, Morgan still suited up and trained lightly with the team in Carson this week. The striker has been open about the fact that she hopes to return to the team for the Olympics at the end of July after her April due date.
Oh what’s up, California!
Thrilled to be here surrounded by ALL our favorite people. 😏 pic.twitter.com/0qMymWeFOE
— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) February 5, 2020
Morgan has been maintaining her training throughout her pregnancy, working in California with her husband, Servando Carrasco, and national teammate Allie Long.
Trainer David Copeland-Smith posted a video earlier this week highlighting Morgan’s work on a touch-and-turn drill, which showed the striker still whipping shots on frame.
Some clips from training this morning. Simple drill, 4 colored cones, reaction and finish. Change the turns to suit your game.
I know I'm bias but can you believe some of the whip on the second shot? Outrageous. pic.twitter.com/jB72X1EXLE
— Beast Mode Soccer™ (@BeastModeSoccer) February 3, 2020
The boost of interest surrounding Morgan’s pregnancy has only added to her popularity online throughout the last year. In a recent report from athlete marketing platform Opendorse, Morgan was shown to rank as the 39th most popular athlete on social media, earning 66.6 million engagements across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
She added 4 million followers in 2019 on her way to clinching the second consecutive World Cup for the U.S., the sixth-highest growth for athletes.