6 months after giving birth, Morgan returns

United States national team headliner Alex Morgan finally made her much-anticipated debut for Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday when she entered in the 69th minute of Spurs’ 1-1 Women’s Super League draw with Reading.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Morgan signed for the London club on loan from the Orlando Pride way back on Sept. 12. But the 31-year-old quickly determined that she had work to do to regain full fitness following the birth of her first child, daughter Charlie, in May.» data-reactid=»17″>Morgan signed for the London club on loan from the Orlando Pride way back on Sept. 12. But the 31-year-old quickly determined that she had work to do to regain full fitness following the birth of her first child, daughter Charlie, in May.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Morgan was expected to be ready to make her maiden WSL appearance last month, but the occasion was delayed once again, that time by what she called a “small setback” in her recovery.» data-reactid=»22″>Morgan was expected to be ready to make her maiden WSL appearance last month, but the occasion was delayed once again, that time by what she called a “small setback” in her recovery.

Almost two months after signing with Spurs, Alex Morgan made her FA Women's Super League debut. (Alex Davidson/Getty Images)Almost two months after signing with Spurs, Alex Morgan made her FA Women's Super League debut. (Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
Almost two months after signing with Spurs, Alex Morgan made her FA Women’s Super League debut. (Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The two-time World Cup winner is the highest-profile American to leave the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League for England’s rapidly improving top flight, but she’s not the only one. Morgan’s fellow USWNT stars Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis and Christen Press — all members of the U.S. squad that repeated as world champs last year in France — are now plying their trade in the WSL, too. Lavelle and Mewis play for Manchester City. Heath and Press joined Manchester United, which beat a Morgan-less Spurs 1-0 Oct. 10.» data-reactid=»34″>The two-time World Cup winner is the highest-profile American to leave the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League for England’s rapidly improving top flight, but she’s not the only one. Morgan’s fellow USWNT stars Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle, Samantha Mewis and Christen Press — all members of the U.S. squad that repeated as world champs last year in France — are now plying their trade in the WSL, too. Lavelle and Mewis play for Manchester City. Heath and Press joined Manchester United, which beat a Morgan-less Spurs 1-0 Oct. 10.

Morgan replaced fellow forward Rianna Dean on Saturday:

But while she was active in just over 20 minutes of action off the bench, Morgan — the joint top scorer (along with USWNT teammate Megan Rapinoe) at France 2019 — couldn’t help Tottenham find the game-winning goal on Saturday.

Still, the tie snapped Spurs’ three-game losing streak across all competitions. Tottenham now sits alone in ninth place in the 12-team WSL standings.

The club has yet to claim a victory through six league games so far this season, with Spurs’ only previous point coming in early September against West Ham. But With Morgan poised to take on a regular role, Spurs will be hoping to put that right when they travel to cellar-dwelling Bristol City next weekend.

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