Soccer

U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan joins Tottenham Women for WSL season

In a summer of high-profile acquisitions in the Women's Super League, Tottenham secured the biggest one yet, signing United States international and twice World Cup winner Alex Morgan to a season-long deal, the club said in a statement Saturday.

Olympic gold medallist, 2-time World Cup champ spent 4 seasons with NWSL's Pride

American forward Alex Morgan has signed on with the Tottenham Hotspur Women. The two-time World Cup champion has spent the past four seasons with Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League. (Alessandra Tarantino/Associated Press/File)

Alex Morgan once famously celebrated a goal against England by pretending to sip a cup of tea.

Now she'll get to try out the English way of life for real.

"Shall we get the teabags in?" read a post on the official Twitter account of the England Women's team after Tottenham announced the signing of the United States striker on a one-season deal on Saturday.

In a summer of high-profile acquisitions in the Women's Super League, Tottenham secured the biggest one yet. Indeed, it is likely to go down as the most sensational signing in the history of the women's game in England.

Morgan, who was third in the voting for world player of the year in 2019, has 107 goals in 169 international games for the U.S., winning the gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and the World Cup in 2015 and '19.

It was in the 2019 finals where she performed the tea-sipping celebration.

Olympic preparation

She'll have plenty of American company in England, albeit further north.

Morgan joins fellow U.S. internationals Rose Lavelle, Sam Mewis (both Manchester City), Tobin Heath and Christen Press (both Manchester United) in joining clubs in England's top league in the past few weeks. All of the players are looking to get in peak form ahead of next year's rescheduled Tokyo Olympics.

The 31-year-old Morgan will play in England for the first time and moves four months after giving birth to her first child, Charlie.

"2020 is the year of the unexpected," Morgan tweeted to her 3.9 million followers, "but next up — the first stamp on Charlie's passport."

She has previously played in Europe on loan at French giant Lyon, where she won the Champions League in 2017, so a move to Tottenham is a step down. Her new team is in its second season in the WSL and drew its first game of the campaign.

Morgan has played for Orlando Pride since 2016.

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

now