Alex Morgan’s return to play will happen at Tottenham

Tottenham is Alex Morgan’s new home for the remainder of 2020.

USWNT star Alex Morgan snuck in at the end of the WSL transfer window, signing a short-term deal with Tottenham. She joins USWNT teammates Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Tobin Heath and Christen Press, all of who made the transition from the NWSL to the WSL.

Alex Morgan announced this new chapter on Twitter on Saturday.

This signing is of particular significance because it marks Alex Morgan’s return to play post-pregnancy. Though her Orlando coaches and teammates had hoped she’d be joining them for fall games, Morgan will be getting much-needed training and playing time with a quality club in a strong league.

This is not Morgan’s first stint in Europe having signed briefly with Lyon in 2017. She certainly proved her worth with the French side scoring 12 goals in 15 games, but after suffering a hamstring injury towards the end of her contract, she ultimately decided to return to Orlando.

Tottenham is not quite the powerhouse that Champions League winner Lyon is, but they should be just what Alex Morgan needs to work her way back to the USWNT in prime shape for the Olympics.

Morgan’s Orlando teammates Shelina Zadorsky and Alanna Kennedy have made the move to Tottenham as well, leaving the Orlando Pride side rather depleted as they finish out the year.

This has been a wildly successful transfer window for England’s WSL as they bring in not just an influx of USWNT talent, but other star players in the women’s game as well such as Wolfsburg forward Pernille Harder and Lyon defender Lucy Bronze.

Meanwhile, the NWSL is suffering from a mass exodus of players to Europe and elsewhere. England’s WSL and Sweden’s Damallsvenskan are two of the leagues that have benefited the most from these transfers. The survival of the NWSL will rely on these players flocking back to the league when their short-term contracts are up.

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In the meantime, USWNT and Alex Morgan fans are anxiously awaiting her return to the field and will be watching closely to see if the magic she once created is still there.