As a few final words of wisdom to the young crowd she said, “Success takes self-belief. It’s been a crazy, busy year. I’m living out my dream.”
This past weekend, United States Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan spoke at Southern Connecticut State University. Soccer commentator JP Dellacamera guided the discussion with Morgan focusing on key points that shaped her successful career. With a young crowd in the audience ranging from kids playing on a U-6 team to collegiate athletes, Dellacamera started from when she first found a love for soccer and when she knew she wanted this to be her future.
Morgan knew she wanted to become a professional soccer player since the age of seven. However, she did not play with a club team until she was 14-years-old. Although she played other sports like basketball, softball and cross country, her love was with soccer. Her parents did not push her on any sport, which is why she believes it took her a while to decide to play on a club team.
Academics were important to her and her family, which is why she decided to attend the University of California Berkley on a scholarship. The year before starting her college career, Morgan tore her ACL and missed her last high school soccer season. Those months before starting at UC Berkeley, she focused on rehab and becoming healthier. Morgan did not want to red shirt her first collegiate season. Dellacamera joked around with her about her degree in political economy. She stated that many athletes majored in sociology or communications, but her interest was more towards politics, the economy and learning a new language. She had the chance to study a in Spain for a semester and graduated winter of 2010; a semester early.