People Magazine
November 11, 2019 9:12 am
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With a baby girl on the way, soccer star Alex Morgan says her fight for equal pay has become even more important to her.

In July, as part of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, Morgan, 30 years old, helped lead her teammates (including co-captains Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd) to the United States’ fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup championship.

After the win, Morgan told PEOPLE that she and her teammates “are always trying to encourage and inspire the next generation of girls to play sports. And I think that we are doing our job in that way.”

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In addition to their 2019 World Cup win, the U.S. women’s national soccer team made headlines when they filed a gender-discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation because they were not being paid as much as the men’s team.

Last month, Morgan and her husband, MLS player Servando Carrasco, 31 years old, exclusively announced to PEOPLE that they were expecting their first child.

Even with her daughter due in April, Morgan doesn’t plan to slow down. The athlete said she fully anticipates competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics next summer, just three months after she is expected to give birth.

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The expectant mom said she has witnessed fellow athletes return to their sport post-pregnancy and raise a family while still competing.

The World Cup champion married Carrasco on New Year’s Eve in 2014, PEOPLE exclusively revealed at the time. The soccer-star couple rang in the new year in style, exchanging vows in front of nearly 200 guests at Rancho Dos Pueblos in Santa Barbara, California.

This story originally appeared on People.com by Benjamin VanHoose.

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