The striker’s scintillating form has been a key factor in the world champions emerging from a slump that followed their World Cup triumph in 2015. Now, with that transitional period behind them, USA are back to their imposing best, having ended 2018 unbeaten in 20 matches and without a goal conceded in almost 15 hours of football.
It was, therefore, an understandably upbeat Morgan who sat down with FIFA.com to reflect candidly on her and the team’s development ahead of the Women’s World Cup.
FIFA.com: Alex, 2018 has been a fantastic year for you and the team. After a sticky spell for USA and you personally, do you feel the pieces are falling into place again?
Alex Morgan: Definitely. We knew after the Olympics didn’t go the way we wanted that it was important to rebuild and gel again as a team. The next year was all about that rebuild and the coaching staff integrating new talent, giving young players opportunities to become a real part of the team. Although our performances suffered during that period, and frustrating as that was, I think it was a really important step in getting us to where we are today. Right now, we are in a really great place and I couldn’t be happier with how it has gone. We’re not perfect, and there are a couple of pieces to add to the puzzle, so the next six months will be vital in that respect. But I’m confident that we’ll come out of that period in great shape.
You’re in fantastic form personally, averaging a goal-a-game. At 29, you’re also now in the traditional peak years for a footballer. Are we currently seeing the best football you’ve ever produced?
The last year has definitely been really fun for me, especially at international level. I’m really happy where I am on this team right now and I feel my role is greater than it ever has been. I’ve enjoyed becoming a captain and I’ve embraced that. So yeah, I feel like I’m playing the best football of my career so far. That being said, I’m also always looking for improvements and I definitely feel that I still have more to give.