Alex Morgan has reacted to today’s news that she has been ‘drafted’ to Portland to play for the Portland Thorns.
She told a NWSL press conference that she was:
“ .. excited to be considered part of the Portland Thorns organization and I’m happy to see where all of my other teammates were allocated.”
Summing up the views of her USA colleagues, she added:
“As part of the national team we’re very excited to be part of this league, to grow the game of soccer in the U.S. and for me personally to continue my dream of playing in the U.S.”
Drawing on her experiences in Seattle last year, she was happy to be back in a region where there is true passion for the game:
“I’m really excited to be here today, I’m really excited to get this started with the Portland Thorns. the Northwest is a great soccer area and I had firsthand experience with that last year.
So continuing in the Northwest, I’m looking forward to putting that jersey on for the first time under Merritt Paulson and Cindy Parlow, and playing with some teammates that I’ve played with before and some new ones.”
On the broader picture, of a new womens professional league, Morgan was appreciative of the work that had been put in.
“I look forward to starting this league off right and continuing this league in the coming years. I really thank U.S. Soccer for stepping forward, I appreciate their commitment to the league along with the Canadian and Mexican Federations. So I hope this league gets off to the right start and I’m very excited to be part of it, to stay in the U.S. and continue to grow the game here.”