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6 Questions With Women’s Soccer Star Alex Morgan

October 15, 2013 Press

Just before the app’s launch, Morgan spoke with Mashable to discuss the app, her social-media diet and her legions of swooning male fans. Read on for a lightly edited transcript of our conversation with the international superstar.

Q&A With Alex Morgan

Mashable: What’s the goal of the Fivestar app, and why was it something you wanted to get involved in?

Morgan: When they approached me about it, I was really excited because it’s a good way to help pro soccer players relay information and drills that can help young players improve their skills. I definitely could have used it when I was younger. It was a collaborative effort, and I was really happy to see it come together. It includes a lot of the ball drills and other training drills I use to get myself ready for the national team.

In addition to you, Wayne Rooney’s in it, as well. That’s some star power between the two of you.

I think it’s great to have both a male and female player in it. Obviously, we do similar drills, but there’s always so much stuff out there for young male athletes to look to. I think it’s great to have young female athletes be able to see these drills and techniques I use, so they can relate themselves to the work they need to put in to be in my position. Sometimes there’s not always a female player to look up to so directly.

When you put it that way, the app actually sounds kind of similar to your books, which center around a group of middle-school girlfriends. Was that something that crossed your mind when you were considering the project?

I definitely had similar thought processes in both the books and the app. They’re aimed at that age range of 7 or 8 years old to 13 or 14 years old. That’s an age where girls can easily get discouraged, or their confidence or belief in themselves can be shaken. The app can hold them accountable, and the books can show them I was in their shoes at one point.

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