Women's Football

San Diego Wave acquire USWNT star Alex Morgan

Lizzy Becherano
Morgan is jumping ship
Morgan is jumping ship / Roy K. Miller/ISI Photos/GettyImages

San Diego Wave have signed United States women's national team forward Alex Morgan ahead of their inaugural National Women's Soccer League season.

Morgan joins from the Orlando Pride, where she has played since 2017 aside from a short stint with Women's Super League team Tottenham Hotspur.

"As a Southern California native, I am excited to be making a long-term commitment to Wave FC and the city of San Diego," she said in a statement.

"I am coming home to partner with this ambitious new club and to push the league forward for generations of soccer players to come. I cannot wait to get started and I will do everything I can to help bring a championship to this great city."

The stellar forward is set to join fellow USWNT teammate Abby Dahlkemper and former Pride player Jodie Taylor at the club.

"We are thrilled to have a player of the caliber of Alex Morgan both on the pitch and in our locker room," Wave FC head coach Casey Stoney said.

"Alex is a proven goal scorer at the very highest level and her world class ability, mentality and competitiveness will only add to our ability to compete in this league. I am excited to work with Alex and to see what this team can achieve."

Morgan has scored 115 goals in 190 appearances for the USWNT, and stands as a two-time World Cup champion and an Olympic gold medalist. She also won the NWSL Championship in 2013 with the Portland Thorns and the Champions League in 2016-17 with Lyon.

In her five seasons with the Orlando Pride, Morgan has netted 23 goals in 66 appearances.

The Orlando team released a statement on the player's transfer, adding they "respect her desire to play closer to her family" but that they would not make a formal announcement until "the transaction is official and timing is appropriate."