Here’s the reality: Alex Morgan is way more powerful and popular than her husband, Servando Carrasco.
Alex Morgan is a World Cup winner and Olympic gold medalist with multiple club championships and a recognizable face from endorsements, book deals, and television appearances.
Servando Carrasco is a journeyman Major League Soccer player who has been bounced between four teams in four years.
That’s just the reality of their situation.
Here’s another reality: women are, on the whole, expected to be subservient to their husbands’ career needs. Just think about the gendered stereotypes that permeate our notions of the workplace. Isn’t it weird when a wife outranks her husband? Or a wife makes more money than her husband? Or when a wife prioritizes her career needs over her husband’s? But it’s never weird when a man has advanced over his wife at work, or moves the whole family for his job, or makes more than her (indeed, it’s apparently a source of anxiety to many men if they make less than their wives).
So as the National Women’s Soccer League announced not only its expansion team, the Orlando Pride, but also that marquee player Alex Morgan would be traded from the Portland Thorns to the Pride, articles began rolling in about Morgan finally being reunited with her husband, who is currently a player for Orlando City SC. Just google the trade and you’ll see virtually every single article mentions that yes, Carrasco plays for Orlando, and maybe Morgan wielded her considerable influence to push for a trade to the Sunshine State.
It’s not just the Orlando trade, either. Every single time Carrasco has moved teams, the questions about whether Morgan would move to be with him followed. Would Morgan go to the Houston Dash while Carrasco was with the Dynamo? What about FCKC while he was at Sporting? It started when Carrasco was in Seattle, with the Sounders, and now it’s finally ended with Orlando. But why not also ask Carrasco if he would try to work a trade to be close to Morgan while she spent the last three seasons in Portland?
Factually, yes, Morgan has way more ability to decide where she plays. The confluence of her power and Orlando needing to fill their roster has created a solution for the problem of being separated from her spouse. So on a personal level, maybe that’s what Morgan and her husband decided. She can basically go where she wants, so she’ll do the moving.