Alex Morgan, a star forward on the last two U.S. Olympic soccer teams, is pregnant and due with her first child, a girl, in April, three months before the Tokyo Games, according to her social media.
A source close to Morgan said, after the pregnancy announcement, that her goal is to play at the Olympics. Morgan has not stated her intention publicly either way since the announcement.
Morgan, 30, married fellow pro soccer player Servando Carrasco on New Year’s Eve 2014.
Morgan co-led the U.S. in goals at this summer’s World Cup (six) and the Rio Olympics (two), where the Americans were eliminated by Sweden in the quarterfinals.
Morgan also scored three goals in her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games, including the game winner in the 123rd minute of a 4-3 semifinal overtime win against Canada.
Morgan would not be the first mom to play on a U.S. Olympic soccer team.
Defender Joy Fawcett played every minute of the 1995, 1999 and 2003 World Cups and the 1996 and 2000 Olympics as a mom. Carla Overbeck became a mom before making her second Olympic team in 2000, though she did not play in any matches in Australia.
Most recently, Kate Markgraf played in the 2008 Olympics as a mom, and Christie Pearce Rampone did so in 2008 and 2012.
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