4 Incredible Skills That All Forwards Can Learn From Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan is one of the most well known women’s soccer players in the world. Initial talent can help you get to the top, but continually performing and doing what the team needs will keep you there.
Here are four skills that all forwards can learn from Alex:
1. She plays to her strengths
She recognizes what she’s best at and uses those skills to her advantage. She earned her nickname “baby horse” for her speed and how she runs then kicks it into high gear when she starts sprinting.
She can outrun a lot of defenders and she uses her speed to get behind them and score goals. She also will take them on 1v1 because she trusts her foot-speed and skills will allow her to be successful in getting near the end line where she can be most dangerous.
2. Her touch is impeccable
She finishes a lot of her goals one-time off of crosses from her teammates. If a forward isn’t able to one-touch a ball into the back of the net, they won’t be put on the field.
Alex knows this and obviously works on her touch a lot to allow her to be good enough to consistently put the ball in the back of the net and score goals for her team.
3. Her movement
She is constantly moving while she is on the pitch. She gets on the end of other forwards’ crosses and is always moving to support them offensively. Even when she isn’t near the ball she is moving.
She is constantly creating commotion and making the defenders think. They know how dangerous she is and they have to make decisions about marking her and where they should be positioned which opens up space for her teammates.
She also supports her other forwards defensively. For example, while they are trying to force their defenders to play to a certain side of the field. Her movement and positioning enables the rest of the team to get into position behind her.
4. Her patience
She knows her teammates well enough to know when they’re going to play her a ball in behind the defense. Not only does she anticipate the pass, she has the patience and smarts to make sure she isn’t receiving it offside.
At the same time, she isn’t just standing around waiting for this ball to be played to her.