ORLANDO — Orlando Pride striker Alex Morgan will play for Tottenham in the FA Women’s Super League for the remainder of the year, the website the Athletic reported Friday.
She was scheduled to join the Pride for training Monday ahead of the National Women’s Soccer League Fall Series, but the workout session and a news conference featuring Morgan were canceled after the team opted not to train during the Labor Day holiday.
Morgan is the 13th player for the Pride to head abroad for the remainder of the year. With Orlando slated to play only four matches this year, the team shifted its priority to loaning players to allow them to get quality minutes against high-level competition.
Orlando coach Marc Skinner actively sought these loans, looking to place players in situations where they could grow in a way that would benefit the Pride upon their return.
He worked alongside Tottenham coach Heather Cowen when both were at Birmingham City and already had placed two players with the club for the remainder of 2020. With a move to the Spurs, Morgan is joining longtime Pride teammates Shelina Zadorsky and Alanna Kennedy.
As an allocated player with the U.S. national team, Morgan can’t be loaned in the same way as other contracted Pride players. Instead, she is expected to sign a short-term contract that would expire at the end of 2020, the Athletic reported. The Pride would retain her rights in the NWSL.
The move comes less than five months after Morgan’s daughter, Charlie, was born in May.
Morgan’s last appearance in a competitive match came on Aug. 21, 2019, when she started for the Pride against the Chicago Red Stars.
She played only six minutes, exiting after a midair collision under the concussion protocol. Morgan was then ruled out for the season with a knee injury Sept. 16. She returned to California to begin her recovery process and announced her pregnancy at the end of October.
Morgan trained individually until the final weeks of her pregnancy, with initial plans to join the U.S. women’s team in July for the Olympics. The Games were ultimately postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Morgan continued her individual training throughout the past two months in Orlando, California and Miami, where her husband, Servando Carrasco, plays with Fort Lauderdale in United Soccer League League One.