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Monday, May 6, 2013
Updated: May 8, 9:39 AM ET
Alex Morgan bullish about NWSL

By espnW.com

U.S. soccer forward Alex Morgan visited ESPN to talk about the National Women's Soccer League and her new book "The Kicks: Saving the Team," which is geared toward middle school readers.

Morgan said she is pleased by the early returns on the new league. She plays for the Portland Thorns FC, who have started the season 3-0-1.

"All the fans have come out and supported us full force; we have had so many sold-out games," Morgan said. "And the quality [of play] is really high."

The United States, Mexican and Canadian soccer federations are paying the salaries of their national team players, which, Morgan said, should help the league survive financially.

"I think now, focusing on the U.S., Mexican and Canadian federations and players that live here and play here is going to be better for us, more immediately," she said. "Once this league gets on its feet and we have a couple of years to grow from the bottom up, it will have a chance to expand. As players we need to take that responsibility and get out in the community and help build the fan base."

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Forward Alex Morgan talks with "SportsCenter" anchor Jay Crawford on the Bristol green.

Hugh Douglas
Former Phildelphia Eagle Hugh Douglas is tasked with trying to stop Morgan from scoring.

Alex Morgan and Hugh Douglas
Morgan and Douglas high five after she makes two of three goals against him.

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Morgan signs a pair of soccer cleats for a young fan.

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Morgan puts her autograph on a sign at a luncheon for ESPN employees.