I don’t see Grant Wahl’s story on Alex Morgan online yet, so you may need to rush out to grab last week’s Sports Illustrated before it disappears from newsstands. (The cover is “A Coach’s Courage,” referring to another worthwhile read inside.) Grant’s story is a good read for all levels of women’s soccer fan, from those vaguely aware of someone named Alex Morgan to those who regularly rant about the injustice of Portland getting her AND Christine Sinclair in the allocation process.
That leads us to the first of several things we all learned from this piece:
1. Did the entire existence of the NWSL hinge on getting Morgan to Portland so that Merritt Paulson would follow through on starting the Thorns? Here’s the passage (any typing errors are mine):
Portland investor Merritt Paulson was in talks to buy into the operation. He wanted Morgan, and he had leverage: He knew that the league wouldn’t exist unless he brought in the eighth and final team. Asked if he exacted any promises — say, being awarded Morgan — Paulson laughs and offers and exaggerated wink-wink. “Oh, no, no, no … Look, when the owners put in their requests for national-team players, there’s no doubt that Alex was Number 1 on everybody’s list.”
That won’t make fans from Washington state to Washington, D.C., feel any better about the allocation process.
2. The younger players on the women’s national team have stepped up their studies of the game, watching a lot of Champions League and EPL games.
3. Morgan also sought out Mia Hamm to come out and work with her at the Complex Formerly Known As The Home Depot Center.
4. On a related note, Morgan is sick of the split between the current group of players and the old guard.
It’s been cool closing the gap with the two generations. With [the current] national team it’s almost us versus the ’99ers, which I hate. I want us all to be one team.
Taking her game and the team’s to a new level. Trying to unify all parties. Future captain?
4 thoughts on “Things you didn’t know about Alex Morgan”
Nothing shocking here Beau – if I was an investor about to lose my shirt and had that leverage I would use it too – and you know full well that worked in other sports too. As far as the 99’ers – they need to move on – believe it or not the world has continued to move forward since then – they need to also.
Just went online today:
I see alot of Mark Cuban in Merritt Paulson and it looks good on him. Very impressed reading about Alex Morgan.
Gerry, I don’t see the 99ers raising the issue. They’re all doing what they do. It’s those of us on the outside who find it a little ridiculous that some of the current team (and their enablers) stir up such animosity toward the previous generation.
So I think they’ve “moved on.” From Morgan’s comments, it’s clear that some of the current players have not. I think that reflects rather poorly on them, and I think it’s an impressive gesture on Morgan’s part to end a rather silly (and mostly one-way) argument.