FILE PHOTO: U.S. Women’s National Team soccer star Alex Morgan unveils a mini-pitch, part of the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program, in Gardena, California, U.S., November 5, 2019.Picture taken November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
(Reuters) – Alex Morgan, who helped the United States women’s soccer team to World Cup and Olympic titles, has become the newest mom in the national squad after giving birth to her first child.
Morgan, who is married to former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco, announced on Twitter on Saturday that their daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco was born on Thursday.
“She made us wait longer than expected, but I should have known she would do it her way and her way only. My super moon baby,” tweeted the national team forward, who was part of the U.S. 2019 and 2015 World Cup winning teams and 2012 Olympic gold medal squad.
Morgan had planned to represent the U.S. at the 2020 Tokyo Games and would have faced a time crunch to get back to full fitness by July but with the Olympics postponed for a year due to the coronavirus outbreak, she will no longer face the same pressure.
There have been only a handful of mothers who have played for the U.S. national team.
Jessica McDonald was the only mom on the U.S. 2019 World Cup winning squad, while Christie Pearce Rampone and Kate Markgraf were part of the 2008 Olympic team.
Pearce Rampone was also a member of the 2012 Olympic squad.
Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, Editing by Pritha Sarkar