Orlando Pride star tests positive for COVID-19

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Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan says she and her family are “in good spirits and recovering well.’’
RICH POPE/ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS

BY JULIE POE
ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS

ORLANDO — Orlando Pride star Alex Morgan tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling home to California for the Christmas holiday.

The star U.S. women’s national team striker announced she and her family received positive tests at the end of the year on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon. She did not specify whether her nine-month-old daughter, Charlie, was one of the family members who tested positive.

“We are all in good spirits and recovering well,” Morgan wrote on Twitter. “After our isolation is completed, I will follow US Soccer’s return to play guidelines to ensure my body is fully recovered and I can join my teammates back on the field soon.”

Gave birth in May

Morgan recently finished a stint with Tottenham in the FA Women’s Super League in England, where she played four matches while returning from maternity leave. She finished two goals from the penalty spot during her tenure with the Spurs.

After giving birth in May, Morgan returned to the USWNT during a November friendly against the Netherlands. The striker subbed into the match during half time, nearly scoring in her first 45 minutes back on the pitch on the international stage.

Morgan announced she was leaving Tottenham and planned to return to the United States to play in 2021. She previously was expected to report to camp with the USWNT later in January, but it’s unclear whether COVID-19 protocols will delay her participation.

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