By Alex Morgan
I remember every goal I’ve scored!
I’ve always wanted to become a professional soccer player.
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 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 really like my legs because I’ve worked hard for them. With soccer, that’s the one thing you’re working all the time.
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 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.
I think a goal is a goal and not all my goals are pretty.
I don’t run straight at a constant pace; soccer is always a change of pace and movement.
Even when I’m training alone, I always prefer doing soccer-related stuff. On my own, I’ll run through cones or do some shooting exercises or pass the ball against the wall.
I want young girls to dream about being professional soccer players instead of just watching the boys go out and play.