With the uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus and no regular season for the National Women’s Soccer League, we have seen an influx in players going overseas, whether that’s on loan or signing one-year deals. It should come as no surprise that players are heading overseas, players can’t just sit out and not play meaningful minutes for 10 months.
The FA Women’s Super League, WSL, wants to be the best women’s league in the world, to do that you have to attract the top talent. To go along with many international players finding their way to England like Sam Kerr or Pernille Harder, the current circumstances in the United States opened the door for teams to sign U.S. Women’s National Team players.
Five USWNT players have found themselves in playing in England this fall. Tobin Heath and Christen Press signed a year deal with Manchester United. Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis have also found themselves in Manchester but with Manchester City.
The biggest name and most surprising though is Alex Morgan who recently signed a short-term contract with the Tottenham Hotspurs for the rest of the year.
Tottenham Hotspur Women were promoted to the FA WSL in 2019 after winning the FA Women’s Championship. In the 2019/2020 season, Tottenham finished in seventh place with a 6-7-2 record and scored 15 goals. The Spurs want to continue to make strides and continue to develop, so when the signing of Alex Morgan became possible it was a no-brainer for the club.
Alex Morgan is the face of the USWNT and one of the biggest names in women’s soccer. On the field, Morgan will strengthen an attack that often struggled last season. She’s one of the best goal scorers in the world and has been for quite some time now. Since earning her first cap with the full USWNT team in 2010, Morgan has gone on to earn 169 appearances, scoring 107 goals, win two World Cups, and won an Olympic gold medal. By signing with the Spurs, Morgan can get some much needed playing time leading up to the Olympics next year.
The impact of Morgan signing will stretch farther than just the on-field impact. Off the field, the signing of Morgan will bring more attention to the Spurs social media and bring a focus to Tottenham Women that might not have been there before.
When it comes to social impact, Morgan has 9.2 million followers on Instagram. That’s more than the 8.7 million for the official Tottenham Hotspurs account and the 362,000 followers for the official Tottenham Hotspurs Women’s account. The post confirming that Morgan signed on Instagram generated 209,687 views. Twitter tells a similar story, the amount of attention that one player brings is tremendous for Morgan, the club, and the FA WSL.
Morgan is drawing close to being game-fit after welcoming her daughter, Charlie, in May. She was a substitute for Tottenham during their FA Cup quarter-final match against Arsenal but didn’t feature in the match. Tottenham’s next game is at Manchester City, we could potentially see Morgan make her debut against her USWNT teammates, Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis.
In the U.S., Tottenham vs. Manchester City can be seen for free on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 a.m EST on the FA Player.