“Wish I Could Have Left With a Grin”: Alex Morgan Wanted More From Orlando Pride

Published 12/14/2021, 1:12 PM EST
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 06: Alex Morgan of USA celebrates victory during the Women’s Football Semi Final match between Canada and USA, on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Old Trafford on August 6, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)


After a one-year stint with Orlando Pride, Alex Morgan returns to her hometown; She heads home to play for San Diego Wave. Notably, the team will make its debut in the National Women’s Soccer League next season. Safe to say, her stints with European clubs like Lyon and Tottenham Hotspur helped her gain enough experience to now return home and take her team to dazzling heights.

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One of the greatest players in the history of American football, Morgan returns home to spread her magic. Moreover, the addition of two new teams to the league has fans over the moon, excited for the action to come.

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Alex Morgan returns home

Undoubtedly, leaving Orlando was not a straightforward decision. After her three separate stints with the club, she expressed her thoughts on her time with the team. Notably, having failed to accomplish most of their targets, she leaves with a heavy heart.

“I really did love my time in Orlando, it was six years, give or take, with pregnancy and a couple of other hurdles, world championships, and things like that. But it was an incredible run and I just wish that we could have made more of an impact on the field. I wish I could have left with more of a grin on my face knowing that we had to accomplished what we set our minds to in Year 1,” said Morgan.

Sep 21, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; United States forward Alex Morgan (13) reacts after an international friendly soccer match against Paraguay at TQL Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

As Orlando failed to make the playoffs for a third straight year, she ended her association with the team. Now, she reunites with her former national team coach Jill Ellis (President of the Wave).

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A glittering career

In a career spanning nearly a decade, she won the World Cup with Ellis in 2015 and 2019. Back in 2011, she became the youngest player to represent USWNT. Notably, she even scored in the final but Japan won the game on penalties.

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At the 2019 World Cup in France, she came to the forefront with a five-goal display against Thailand. The team went ahead and won the tournament, defeating the Netherlands 2-0 in the finals. In a stunning career, she scored 115 goals in 190 matches for the United States of America.

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Many say it is time for her last dance as she heads home. With the San Diego Wave making its debut, the team will bank on her contributions to make their way to the top. Morgan has been a mainstay for the national team for a long time, but will she successfully weave her magic for her new team?

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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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