Sports

Soccer stars Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe will hold event in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A pair of star players from the United States women's national team that claimed the 2019 Women's World Cup in France earlier this summer, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, will be visiting the Arlington Theatre on Oct. 15 for an event presented by UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures in association with UCSB Athletics, Santa Barbara Soccer Club, and AYSO.

The event, "A Conversation with Soccer Superstars," will take place at 7 p.m.

34-year old Rapinoe is coming off arguably her best performance in an international tournament of her career, securing the Golden Boot award as the World Cup's top scorer and the Golden Ball as the best player. Rapinoe also became the oldest player to score in a World Cup final after she converted her penalty kick against the Netherlands on July 7.

As one of the most distinguished players in American soccer history, she has helped her team to three World Cup finals, winning in 2015 and 2019 and finishing as runner-up in 2011. She also was part of the team that won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Rapinoe has made several stops in her club soccer career, playing for several teams in the now-defunct Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league before suiting up for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League, Seattle Sounders Women, and Olympique Lyonnais in France's Ligue 1 Fémenine. She currently plays for the National Women Soccer League's (NWSL) Reign FC.

Morgan, along with Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, co-captains the women's national team and has garnered an equally impressive list of accolades throughout her career. After playing college soccer for Cal, Morgan was the youngest player selected to the squad that finished second at the 2011 Women's World Cup. She broke out for 28 goals the following year, leading the U.S. in scoring en route to Olympic gold. Her exploits led to being named as U.S. Soccer's 2012 Female Athlete of the Year and a third-place finish in FIFA Ballon d'Or voting.

Since then, Morgan has become a household name in American sport, winning both the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. At the most recent edition of the tournament, she made headlines with her five-goal, three-assist performance in the U.S.' record 13-0 win over Thailand in the opening match of the group stage.

Morgan now plays for Orlando Pride of the NWSL, and her career has included stints with Portland Thorns FC and Olympique Lyonnais.

Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. For more information about the event, and to buy tickets when available, click here or call the UCSB Arts & Lectures ticket office at (805) 893-3535.

Article courtesy of UCSB Athletics.


Recommended Stories

Top Local Stories