It's all starting to click for Charlie Carrasco. At three years old, she's beginning to get a grasp of the world around her, in between the seemingly endless questions that come into her head throughout the day. It's gotten to a point where young Charlie is starting to realize that her mommy is just a little bit different than the others that she's met in her three whole years on this earth.
When she gets dropped off at school, her mom drives off to soccer practice, not for fun, but for work. Charlie gets to go on road trips and, after most games, she gets to run on the field and kick the ball around in front of thousands of cheering fans. She's seen her mom collect trophies and honors while scoring more goals than she can count at this stage of her life.
Charlie's mom is, of course, Alex Morgan, one of the most famous players the U.S. women's national team has ever produced. She's a World Cup winner, an icon, an inspiration to countless little girls from Charlie's age right on up. And now, Charlie is, slowly, starting to realize that her mom is someone special.
"She's starting to ask questions," Morgan tells GOAL with a smile while promoting her latest campaign with Orgain ahead of the World Cup. "She asks a lot of questions about mom and soccer and just, in general, life. I think she's figuring out so much more each day and she's just asking so many questions."
The questions are coming thick and fast now as Morgan prepares for this summer's World Cup, the fourth of her career. It will be her first since becoming a mother, the latest achievement to add to her resume since she and her husband, ex-MLS star Servando Carrasco, welcomed Charlie into the world.
She's already scored more goals than any other mother in USWNT history. She's played in the Olympics, won an NWSL Golden Boot, and been named to the FIFPro Women's World XI twice. Motherhood hasn't slowed Morgan down. Not in the slightest.
What it has done, though, is change her perspective. Once a nervous kid that felt totally overwhelmed by playing on the big stage, Morgan heads into her fourth World Cup with a new outlook on life. Part is that is due to her experience; she does have 206 caps and 121 goals (and counting) to her name.
But the other part of that is due to Charlie. Since welcoming her daughter into the world, Morgan sees life in a different light. The big moments, like a World Cup, are just as big, of course, but those small moments seem just a bit bigger as well.
Ahead of the World Cup, Morgan sat down with GOAL to discuss motherhood, the World Cup and everything in between as she prepares for another chance at history with the USWNT...