Alex Morgan's unborn daughter made her official public debut on the soccer field – just a few moments before the pregnant soccer star revealed her plans to return to the field for the 2020 Olympic Games, just a few months after her due date.
The 30-year-old captain of the US Women & # 39; s Soccer Team showed her little baby hump on Tuesday when she helped open – and baptize – a new mini-field in Gardena, California that is meant to help people in the local community provide safe space to enjoy and practice the sport.
Alex liked to show her skills on the field during the event, kicked around a ball and flaunted her growing belly in a simple gray T-shirt, which she combined with tight black leggings and a black jacket with zipper.
Hot mom! Football player Alex Morgan showed her baby bump at a community sporting event on Tuesday, just a few weeks after she announced that she was expecting her first child
Plans: The 30-year-old, who led the US Women & # 39; s Soccer Team to victory in the World Cup this year, revealed at the event that she plans to be back on the field to play at the Olympic Games of 2020
Share the news: Although the Summer Olympics will only start three months after the April 2020 due date, Alex says she believes she is ready to play again
The sporty star completed her look with a pair of Nike sneakers and she pulled her long dark brown hair back into a braided ponytail before she entered the field with a team of girls from a local high school.
And Alex certainly wants to set a good example to the young ladies – at a press conference at the event revealing that she intends to return to the field in time to play at the 2020 Olympics, which is only three months after the start begins to give birth to her first child.
& # 39; I am only pregnant, I have time for this because I am not training as much as I was & # 39 ;, the football player revealed during the event, which was organized by the US Safe Places to Play program. Soccer Foundation. & # 39; But I am still training a bit. & # 39;
The football professional seems to have the intention of retaining her skills during her pregnancy – something that is essential for her to participate in the 2020 Olympic Games, which start at the end of July, less than four months after Alex has given birth to her first child with husband Servando Carrasco.
& # 39; My goal is to play [at the Olympics, & Alex said to Reuters. & # 39; Clearly a short window, but if I can, I want to be there to see my country to represent. & # 39;
She continued during a press conference: & # 39; I hope to return to the field as soon as possible. After a healthy baby, I want to go back to the national team and look forward to playing in Tokyo. & # 39;
Inspiration: Alex paid tribute to the many other female athletes who helped prove that women can be both moms and successful sports stars
R&R: The football player looked relaxed and happy as she helped unveil a new mini football field in California as part of the US Safe Places to Play program. Soccer Foundation
Still strong: Alex revealed at the Powerade-sponsored event that she is still training, but admitted she didn't & # 39; so much & # 39; does as she was
Chic: the sportswoman had pulled her hair back in a braided ponytail
Alex noted that she was inspired by the many female athletes who have become mothers and has proven that it is possible to have both a family and a successful sports career.
& # 39; There are so many women who have returned to their respective sport after their pregnancy and continue to have a successful family while practicing the sport they love at the highest level, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; And I intend to follow in those footsteps and be one of those women who have a family and carry my daughter around when I go to the next town to play. And I still want to enjoy the sport I've played all my life. & # 39;
Alex's announcement about the 2020 games comes just weeks after she and her husband, LA Galaxy player Servando, shared the joyful news they expect.
The football star made the big unveiling on Twitter and Instagram on October 23 and told fans that she is pregnant with a little girl.
& # 39; We are already in love and we have not even met her. The newest member of the Carrasco family is coming, she wrote.
Surprise! Alex announced that she is expecting her first child with her husband, LA Galaxy player Servando Carrasco, in October
& # 39; We are already in love and we have not even met her. The newest member of the Carrasco family is coming, she wrote
So sweet! The couple has a little girl and included a small pair of Nikes in their shoot
Alex and Servando, 31, made the decision on December 31, 2014.
In images she shared on social media, they pose together on a rocky beach, smiling broadly at each other.
Servando holds up little onesie with the words & # 39; ready or not & # 39; while Alex, dressed in a ribbed pink dress, holds a plate with & # 39; Baby Girl & # 39; and April 2020.
An expiration date in April means that the couple may have become pregnant mid-August or July 7 — the day Alex and the US Women's Soccer Team won the world cup.
And the star admitted that their baby on the way is a bit of a souvenir from the parties.
& # 39; We are so overjoyed to grow our family, & # 39; said Alex People. & # 39; She is the best World Cup gift I could have asked for. & # 39;
Alex, who also plays for Orlando Pride, has had a pretty turbulent year. In addition to her success on the field, the Californian resident has also covered the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Several of her teammates and fellow soccer players have congratulated her on social media, including Orlando Pride & Shelina Zadorsky and Janine Beckie of Manchester City W.F.C. SI Swim Editor MJ Day has also expressed excitement.
Servando also shared a post on Instagram and wrote: & # 39; Can't wait to meet my baby. & # 39;
She only wins! Alex won the Women & # 39; s World Cup on July 7 and plans to return to the team for the Summer Olympics next year
The couple are already pet parents of two dogs, who have joined them for their pregnancy photos.
Having a baby is likely to change things for the couple, who have had a long-distance marriage for a long time: the Servando team is in California, while Alex is in Florida.
& # 39; It is far from ideal to be so far from your wife, & # 39; Servando told Pro Soccer USA in 2018. & # 39; We know this is temporary. We can only play professional football for five to six years.
Lovebirds: Alex and Servando closed the button on December 31, 2014
& # 39; We need to take advantage of this and know that when we're done playing, we'll be together. & # 39;
It has certainly been a busy year for the striker in Southern California.
In March, she joined her teammates in suing their employer, U.S. Soccer, and argued that the ladies team was underpaid compared to their less successful male colleagues.
The 30-year-old, who scored six goals during her team's attack on a fourth World Cup title, said she hoped the trial could be settled out of court, even though a trial date has been set.
& # 39; It's fast, & # 39; she told Reuters during the Safe Spaces to Play event.
& # 39; We have updates every week and we have the trial version for May, so we definitely hope it will be resolved before the Olympics. But the sooner, the better, & she said.
She said the legal battle did not interfere with the team's focus.
& # 39; The lawsuit is not necessarily a distraction, but it is something that must happen before we value ourselves properly, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Our employer does not do the same. & # 39;
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