US women’s soccer captain Alex Morgan contracts Covid-19

Los Angeles, California – Alex Morgan, captain of the world champion U.S. women’s soccer team, has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not be called to the national team’s first training camp of 2021.

Alex Morgan helped lead the US Women's Soccer team to World Cup victory in 2019.
Alex Morgan helped lead the US Women's Soccer team to World Cup victory in 2019.  © imago images / ZUMA Wire

"Unfortunately, my family and I closed out 2020 learning that we had contracted Covid while in California over the holidays," Morgan (31) announced in a series of Twitter posts Tuesday.

"We are all in good spirits and recovering well. After our isolation is completed, I will follow US Soccer’s return to play guidelines to ensure my body is fully recovered and I can join my teammates back on the field soon."

Morgan’s husband, former Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco, and the couple’s 7-month-old daughter Charlie returned last month to California from London, where Morgan played five games for Tottenham of the Women’s Super League.

Morgan has played in 170 games for the national team, scoring 107 times. She gave birth to her first child in May and took most of last year off, playing just 45 minutes for the US In 2019, in the Women’s World Cup in France, she matched teammate Megan Rapinoe and England’s Ellen White with a tournament-high six goals in helping the US to a fourth championship.

National team coach Vlatko Andonovski will announce his roster for the first training camp of the year Wednesday. The U.S. is scheduled to open play in the Tokyo Olympics in July, attempting to become the first team of any gender to win World Cup and Olympic titles in the same cycle.

Cover photo: imago images / ZUMA Wire

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