Alex Morgan celebrates after scoring at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on July 2, 2019 in Lyon, France.
Soccer’s newest super baby has arrived.
Olympic and World Cup champion Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco, a longtime MLS player, welcomed daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco on Thursday. She is the couple’s first child.
“At 11:30am on May 7 weighing 8lbs5oz, Charlie Elena Carrasco made her grand entrance into the world,” Morgan shared on Instagram, along with a picture of the newborn wrapped in a floral swaddle with a matching headband. “She made us wait longer than expected, but I should have known she would do it her way and her way only. My super moon baby.”
Morgan, one of the world’s most lethal strikers, with 107 goals for the U.S. national team, announced her pregnancy last October, three months after helping lead the U.S. to its second consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup victory.
It was only the latest big win for Morgan, who also helped Team USA win an Olympic gold medal in 2012, then led the Portland Thorns to the NWSL title one year later. Last September, she was the runner-up to teammate Megan Rapinoe for the Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2019.
Carrasco is a talented soccer player in his own right, having played as a midfielder for five MLS teams from 2011 to 2019. He had not signed with a team prior to the suspension of the current season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The couple met while freshmen at Cal in 2007 and were married on New Year’s Eve in 2014.
Morgan, 30, had long maintained that she would return to the sport in time to compete for a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and she posted videos of herself training throughout her pregnancy to prove she was serious.
The turnaround was always going to be tight, even had Charlie been born on her due date in April. With the Olympics now postponed until 2021, however, Morgan will now have more than a year to train for her third Olympic team.