“They Lead by Example:” Alex Morgan Claims USWNT Will Suffer Without Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd

Published 09/13/2021, 9:17 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 07: Alex Morgan #13 of United States Women’s National Team looks on during the second half of a game against the Belgian Women’s National Team at Banc of California Stadium on April 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)


The Tokyo Olympics 2020 saw the USWNT’s dominance coming to an abrupt end. After their prominence in Women’s Soccer for the past decade or so, an inevitable rebuilding process is now on the cards. After winning the last two World Cups in 2015 and 2019, the USWNT will look to wrap up a three-peat when Australia/New Zealand will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup. In the meantime, US soccer sensation Alex Morgan talked about the impact Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe have on their squad, as the duo approach retirement.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Soccer Football – Women – Quarterfinal – Netherlands v United States – International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan – July 30, 2021. Megan Rapinoe of the United States wraps tape on the finger of Alex Morgan of the United States REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Alex Morgan opens up on USWNT’s future problems

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Carli Lloyd announced her retirement from USWNT earlier this year. Thus, her remarkable career ends, having led the line for a long time. Likewise, Megan Rapinoe will take a break from the squad to gather her thoughts on her current position. Hence, Morgan spoke about the influence of these colossal leaders in the dressing room.

“Those are huge players. Not only huge players at the moment, like big-time players but actually vocal players. They’re players who lead by example, players who have really taken on this team as who they are and done everything for this team for 10, 15 years.”

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Hope Solo #1 and Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrate with the American flag after defeating Japan by a score of 2-1 to win the Women’s Football gold medal match on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

“And that’s a huge accomplishment to those players, but it’s also really big shoes to fill,” said Morgan.

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The upcoming stars and veterans on the team

In the absence of both the aforementioned players, Morgan will be their most accomplished campaigner from now on. Along with her, head coach Vlatko Andonovski will continue to drive the team from the forefront. Tobin Heath and Christen Press are other leaders who can step up for the national team. Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh are players that have done well in their clubs, and earned an international call-up from USWNT.

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Despite having a plethora of talents in the country, fans cannot underestimate the influence of Lloyd and Rapinoe. The duo is incredible and Alex Morgan knows their absence is going to be an issue in the future.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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