‘Becoming Alex Morgan’ is on Disney and ESPN

A half-hour documentary on the meteoric rise of Alex Morgan is being shown on Disney X D and ESPN2. The next showing I can find is at 8:30 p.m. CT Wednesday (Sept. 16)  on ESPN2.

Here’s a promo from Disney X D, a cable station aimed primarily at young viewers:

And here’s a more grown-up video preview, from ESPNW.

Becoming Alex Morgan is one in a series of “Becoming…” shows about world-class athletes. Upcoming episodes will feature  Chris Paul, CC Sabathia, Henrik Lundqvist and Tim Howard.

The “Becoming” pilot, which aired last October,  was about LeBron James. James is now an executive producer of the series.

Becoming Alex Morgan includes never-before-seen footage of Morgan as a child soccer star, as well as interviews with former coaches and her family..

Baby Baby Horse.

Young Alex Morgan: Baby Baby Horse.

The show examines the journey of a supremely gifted young athlete from obscurity to the loftiest international heights of her sport.

The trajectory was breathtaking.

Morgan’s first appearance with the U.S. team was against Mexico on March 31, 2010, on a snow-covered field outside Salt Lake City. She came on to start the second half. She was 20 years old.

The next year, in the World Cup, she performed well, scoring twice. But under Pia Sundhage, Morgan remained a second-half sub.

Everything changed in 2012.

On Jan. 29 of that year, she got her first start, in a 4-0 rout of Canada. Morgan scored twice and assisted Abby Wambach on the other two U.S. goals.

After that, there was no stopping her.

She scored 14 goals in a 12-game stretch from January to late May. That remarkable run included three straight two-goal games , and, on March 7, her first hat trick.

In the Americans’ opening game at the 2012 London Olympics, Morgan scored twice, leading her team to a 4-2 win over France. In each of the next three Olympic matches, Morgan assisted on the game-winning goal.

Her most spectacular Olympic moment, of course, came in the 123rd minute of a semifinal against Canada:

For the year, she led the U.S. team in goals (28), multi-goal games (nine), assists (21) and points (77). She was the second American woman — the first was Mia Hamm — to have at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same calendar year.

She and Wambach combined for 55 goals, matching a record set in 1991 by Michelle Akers (39 goals) and Carin Jennings (16).

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Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, Olympic gold medal match, Aug. 9, 2012. (Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire)

To grasp what a force she was in the game that year, consider these two facts:

Alex Morgan either scored or assisted on 41 percent of the United States’ 120 goals in 2012.

By herself, she had more goals and more assists than all of the players, combined, on all of Team USA’s opponents in 32 games.

And she was still just 23.

In the years since that remarkable one, Morgan has been slowed by a series of unfortunate injuries.  When healthy, she is unquestionably among the game’s greats. We just haven’t seen her healthy often enough.

Still, as she and her teammates continue to bask in the glow of their World Cup  triumph this summer, Morgan’s stock may be higher than ever.

As ESPNW none too subtly put it, “Alex Morgan is seriously everywhere right now.”

She was just on CBS This Morning discussing her new memoir written primarily for young readers, Breakaway: Beyond The Goal.

This followed earlier post-World Cup appearances on Good Morning America, Fox Sports, Jimmy Kimmell Live, and SportsCenter, among many others. She picked up awards at The Espys and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports.

Alex Morgan and Victoria's Secret model Martha Hunt, U.S. Tennis Open. (Instagram)

Alex Morgan and Victoria’s Secret model Martha Hunt, U.S. Tennis Open. (Instagram)

She’s hung out with Taylor Swift onstgage and with Ed Sheeran offstage. She watched Serena Williams play in the U.S. Tennis Open.

The Kicks Collection, her three youth novels about a girls’ soccer team, has been made into a TV show.

She’s in commercials for Nike, Coca-Cola, Chapstick, and Nationwide Insurance, among others.

And she’s on the cover of the EA Sports’ immensely popular soccer video game, FIFA 16 — the first edition of the game to include female players.

Alex Morgan and some guy on the Fifa 16 case.

Alex Morgan and some guy on the Fifa 16 case.

 

 

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