“Players Should Be Able to Choose”: USWNT Star Alex Morgan Voices Opinion on NWSL Draft 2022

Published 12/20/2021, 1:14 PM EST
KASHIMA, JAPAN – AUGUST 05: Alex Morgan #13 of Team United States gestures during the Women’s Bronze Medal match between United States and Australia on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kashima Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Kashima, Japan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)


As San Diego Wave and Angel City FC prepare for their debuts next season, the NWSL is taking some exciting turns. Moreover, many players are switching clubs, as the two new teams are on the hunt to sign renowned talent. Notably, San Diego Wave made a penultimate move when they signed Alex Morgan, bringing home the two-time World Cup winner.

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However, she recently spoke about the players needing a chance to select their teams. With many teams picking up the players of their liking, Morgan thinks players should instead pick their teams.

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The draft system is prevalent in most of the sports in the United States of America. The teams select different players from colleges or schools in a bid to strengthen their squad. Notably, the top prospects are ranked from the number one position, with different teams selecting players for their sides. However, Morgan opened up about the players needing a chance to prove themselves alone while respecting the draft decisions.

“Even though players should be able to choose where they play(that discussion is for another day…) I want to wish all the players luck who entered the 2022 NWSL College draft! Although having a team bet on you by being drafted is an achievement in itself, the greatest thing you can do is bet on yourself. Believing in your abilities on the field is why you will get so far in this sport,” said Morgan.

LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: Alex Morgan of the USA looks on prior to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

Indeed, her point sounds valid for most people as it helps players take control of their own destiny. While Morgan spoke about the draft rules, the spotlight still shines over her move to the San Diego Wave.

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Morgan returns home

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After a long time, she finally reunites with her hometown as the Waves will make their debut next season. An excited Morgan looked happy to play with the team as she spoke about how she feels representing the new club.

“As a Southern California native, I am excited to be making a long-term commitment to Wave FC and the city of San Diego. I am coming home to partner with this ambitious new club and to push the league forward for generations of soccer players to come. I cannot wait to get started and I will do everything I can to help bring a championship to this great city,” said Morgan.

LYON, FRANCE – JULY 07: #13 Alex Morgan of USA celebrates after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup France Final match between The United State of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 07, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

As the league will soon be up and running, San Diego Wave will hope to make an impression, especially with Alex Morgan on their team. Displaying the heroics she is famous for, can Morgan lift another trophy in an already illustrious career?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and 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 center the respect he deserves.

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