Alex Moran’s much-anticipated debut for Tottenham Hotspur will have to wait, but two of Morgan’s World Cup-winning teammates are off and running in England’s Women’s Super League.
United States national team veterans Tobin Heath and Christen Press each scored their first WSL goals for new club Manchester United on Sunday in a 4-2 victory over West Ham.
Heath and Press joined the Red Devils last month; Morgan signed with Tottenham the same day that Heath was introduced. Those deals came shortly after two other members of the USWNT’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning squad, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis, landed with Manchester City.
Heath started Sunday’s match against West Ham, doubling Man United’s advantage in the first half with a blistering shot to the near post off a pass by English national team up-and-comer Alessia Russo.
Russo, 21, had opened the scoring in the 20th minute, and she added a second goal just before halftime after Emily van Egmond had pulled one back for the Hammers.
West Ham made it 3-2 through Houston Dash loanee Rachel Daly, but Press came off the bench to seal the win for United with a slick right-footed volley just seconds of regular time remaining.
Here are Heath and Press’s goals, via NBC Sports:
Morgan was expected to make her first appearance for Spurs in last week’s 1-0 loss to United, but said in the days leading up to that match that she was not yet 100 percent fit. Morgan, who joined Tottenham on a year-long loan from the Orlando Pride of the U.S.-based National Women’s Soccer League, hasn’t played since the birth of her daughter Charlie, in May.
Hours before Spurs’ North London derby match against Arsenal on Sunday, Morgan wrote on Twitter that she’d suffered “a small setback” but was hoping “to get on the field with this team in the next few weeks.”
Here we go!! A small setback keeping me from doing what I love. Can’t wait to get on the field with this team in the next few weeks. Literally can’t wait. 💙🤍 https://t.co/4uiSUkGVjX
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) October 18, 2020
Tottenham sure could’ve used the 31-year old striker, who along with U.S. teammate Megan Rapinoe scored a tournament-best six goals at France 2019, on Sunday. By halftime, Spurs were down 5-0.