Breakaway: Beyond the Goal

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US Women’s National Soccer

The United States is often regarded as a country that doesn’t like football (or soccer as they call it). However, their league, called MLS, is one of the top-flight football leagues in the world.

It’s not men’s football that’s making waves, though. The US Women’s National Soccer team is the most successful in the world. In 2019, they won the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the fourth time, helping to assert their dominance over the sport.

The US team were already reigning champions and had been joint favourites to win ahead of the tournament. However, they impressed many pundits after performing even better than expected.

One of the critical members of this World Cup-winning team was Alex Morgan. Morgan is co-captain of the team, alongside Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe. She has scored 107 goals from 169 international appearances over the last decade.

Books

Morgan has been writing books alongside her football career since 2012, with a four-book series called The Kicks that has been aimed at inspiring the next generation of footballing women.

Breakaway: Beyond the Goal

One of her most recent publications is Breakaway: Beyond the Goal, a memoir of her career that covers her victories in various sports events, including the London 2012 Olympics and the 2011 and 2015 Women’s World Cups.

Throughout the book, Morgan talks about the events in her life and career that have moulded her into the person she is today. She’s talking about how she likes to rock a pink headband while still showing she can kick a ball around just as well (if not better) than any male player.

The book is very easy to read, as it was designed to help inspire younger readers. But it will also be an insight for anyone else that wants to learn about her career and what made her the successful player she is.

The book is very positive, and unlike in her other memoirs, she doesn’t spend a lot of time talking negatively about other people. However, it seems to be a little thin on the struggles in her career.

At 320 pages, the book is a quick and easy read, so it is excellent for anyone looking for something that isn’t too taxing. The hardback version even comes with a fold-out poster in case you’re a huge Alex Morgan fan.