Tottenham Hotspur Women is getting some star power.
Alex Morgan, one of the faces of the United States women’s national team, is headed to north London on a short-term deal through the end of 2020 from the NWSL’s Orlando Pride. This is according to Meg Linehan and Paul Tenorio of The Athletic (£). We’re still waiting on confirmation from the club but this seems like a slam dunk.
Morgan is returning to action after giving birth in May, and recently rejoined the Pride for training ahead of the NWSL Fall Series. She was expected to be available for selection during the upcoming four game stretch for the Pride as she plans to build fitness ahead of next year’s Olympics. The promise of a regular schedule of games in the FAWSL will be key in that process. By contrast, the NWSL so far has nothing more than its seven week Fall Series ending in October on the schedule as the United States continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.
Morgan is the third Pride player joining Spurs, with Alanna Kennedy and Shelina Zadorsky signing for the team last month. It is likely not a coincidence — Spurs’ head of women’s football Heather Cowen and Pride head coach Marc Skinner used to work together at Birmingham City.
The FAWSL is underway with Spurs getting a draw against West Ham United to open the season. Morgan joins fellow USWNT players Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Christen Press and Tobin Heath in the top division. Mewis and Lavelle both joined Manchester City while Press and Heath opted for Manchester United.