By Alex Morgan
I remember every goal I’ve scored!
I’ve always wanted to become a professional soccer player.
My workouts are mostly interval-based, so I’m never running at a constant speed. I’m always switching it up because I don’t want my body getting used to one thing in particular.
It’s so easy to lose your fitness and so hard to gain it back.
Whenever people say “women’s soccer,” I want to correct them to say “soccer.” Every girl has had their sport diminished because they’re girls.
I never look at the goalkeeper’s eyes.
I could be a model for one night. But I’m also a professional soccer player, and I like to be taken seriously on the field.
Sportsmanship is definitely an important thing in all sports. In soccer, we all respect each other on such a high level, between Sweden and Brazil and Japan or whatever team it is.
Soccer is what I grew up doing – it’s my passion, and I’m way more comfortable on the field in my soccer cleats.
Music is so huge to soccer, to my life, to working out. I usually have headphones when I’m cleaning the house or making dinner.
I want to know I made women’s soccer better than it was when I came into it.
We’re going to be World Champions…forever.
I feel the most confident when I’m comfortable in workout clothes with my hair up in a ponytail.
My favorite goals are the ones when there’s so much pressure. I focus more when the game is on the line.
Around the age of 14, I was very discouraged from a coach. It was my first youth club team while playing soccer. She told me at the time that I wasn’t good enough to play on the team, that I would never get into the game.
I start warming up before training an hour before at the hotel. That’s not because I feel old and my body needs it. It’s because it’s prehab. It’s preventing those injuries.
I could always score goals. I loved that feeling of having your team look to you, that feeling of leadership.
I would like to win the Ballon d’Or for women. But every top professional should have that ambition.
Scoring a goal in a World Cup was my dream as a little girl. I didn’t really dream of being in ‘Maxim’ when I was 5.
I don’t think the entire world respects women in sport. But if FIFA start respecting the women’s game more, others will follow.