In Alex Morgan's Own Words: "I'm Looking Into The Future"
"Right before they play the national anthem, my mind just starts to wander off. Like when I look at the kids holding the flag, and I zoom in on the girls, I feel as if I am looking into the future.
I wonder if one of these girls will become one of our next football stars, one of those who will inspire the next generation of females. When I look at the girls, I also see something familiar. Something I recognise. I see … well, I see myself. She is a seven-year-old girl. She is walking into the home office of her mother. She grabs a yellow sticky pad. She makes a note on it. The note that will change her entire life.
I still don't know why I wrote what I did.
I had never watched a women's football match on TV. I didn't know there was a professional league. I didn't even know that women's football was a thing beyond playing for fun. But one day, I went with my older sister to our mum's office. My sister found the yellow pad and wrote a note to mum saying what she wanted to be when she grew up. She wanted to be a model. And so I was like, "Well, I'm gonna write a note too. And I'm gonna stick it up there so mum sees it". I took the pad, grabbed a pen and scribbled down my dream:
'I want to be a professional football player when I grow up. Love, Alex'.
My mum still has that note, by the way.
As far as this summer, it was so cool that we had so many eyes on us in 2015. To hear that we played in the most-watched US football game ever in the US, male or female, that was really awesome. That so many people were surprised by that was pretty interesting too. So, I think we have a special six months ahead of us.
What all of this will lead to, I hope, is that women will build each other up and continue our fight for a seat at the table. I hope that the next time we are out there singing the national anthem, the girls holding the flag will look back at us, take courage and be inspired by what we do. And who knows ... maybe later that night, one of them will write her mum a little note".
Dream With Us
Dream with Alex and the entire US Women's National Team during this summer's world championship tournament in their latest gear.