A year ago Alex Morgan was preparing to fly to Zurich, Switzerland, where she was to be feted at a star-studded gala and recognized by FIFA as one of the three best women’s soccer players in the world.
This coming weekend Morgan will be driving to Veterans Park in Pomona, where she’ll be playing host to a couple of hundred grade-school players at her first youth soccer camp on Saturday and Sunday. And the U.S. national team star couldn’t be happier with the change.
“I love the fact that I’m able to share my love for soccer with all these young [players],” said Morgan, who after scoring 44 goals in 70 matches with the national team was this month named to U.S. Soccer’s all-time all-star team.
The weekend camp, open to boys and girls in first through eighth grades, consists of four separate three-hour sessions, running from 8-11 a.m. and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to Morgan, campers will also work with national team players Kelley O’Hara and Meghan Klingenberg; Allie Long and Meleana Shim, Morgan’s teammates with the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League; and Major League Soccer players including Servando Carrasco of the Houston Dynamo, who also happens to be Morgan’s fiancé.