Young Fan Catches Soccer Star Alex Morgan’s Eye: ‘Cuteness Overload!’
Soccer star Alex Morgan is no stranger to cheering fans, but one pint-sized supporter ended up getting a very special shout-out after cheering her on from the stands.
Two-year-old Luca had the opportunity to see the striker play recently in Monterrey, Mexico.
Morgan, a member of the United States Women’s National Team who plays for the San Diego Wave, was in Mexico for the CONCACAF W Championship, and Luca and his family went to watch the Americans take on Haiti on July 4.
Luca might as well be Morgan’s biggest fan, and he has his siblings to thank for that. He has three older sisters, Eliana, 7, Rosana, 4, and Anabella, 6, the last of whom is a huge fan of the soccer star herself.
“Anabella loves Alex Morgan because of how hard she plays and how well she scores. She also loves her pink headbands. She has an Alex Morgan jersey at home. So Luca has heard a lot about Alex Morgan all his life, and naturally grew to love him too,” Luca’s mother, Ana Camelo Jackson, told ‘Good Morning America’ in an email.
Jackson shared a video clip on social media the day after the game, featuring Luca, wearing a shirt with a sign that read “Believe” – a reference to the AppleTV+ series “Ted Lasso” – cheering and clapping Morgan to the hilt- head from the stadium stands.
“I think when he was calling his name to [that] game, he turned up the intensity because she wasn’t turning around,” Jackson said. “He really thought she could hear him and she had to answer. So naive and cute.”
Morgan scored twice in the first half of the USA-Haiti game, helping lead the United States to a 3-0 win.
In all the excitement, the star player still found time to thank Luca for pumping up the team.
“Isn’t that the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? The shirt! Joy! So cute,” she said in a TikTok reply, sharing Jackson’s video.
“His name is Luca. Luca, you would be Charlie’s best friend, and tomorrow you have something waiting for you so be on the lookout,” she added, referring to her own 2-year-old daughter. years, Charlie Elena.
“Luca just won a fan🥰,” Morgan captioned.
Jackson then shared the TikTok on his Twitter account, writing“From mum to mum thank you @alexmorgan13!!”
Morgan quoted Jackson’s tweet, written on“You’re welcome! I think I can speak for everyone when I say Luca made my day🙌.”
Sure enough, as Morgan had promised, Luca received a very special gift soon after. The shared USWNT Twitter account a video clip Thursday of the boy surprised by a new no. 13 shirt – Morgan’s number – signed by the star herself.
In the video, Luca thanked Morgan for her gift and also gave her a few kisses.
In a follow-up Instagram post on Thursday, Jackson opened up about her baby boy and said it was “surreal” to see her toddler, who was born with three congenital heart defects and at one point could “barely catch his breath”, applaud for his favorite player.
“He’s so full of joy and life and I can’t believe how many people have messaged me saying Luca had their day. It brought me to tears to know how many hearts he has affected and that in the midst of so much devastating news he was able to shed some light,” Jackson wrote in part.
Speaking to ‘GMA’, she added that Luca ‘was born with multiple congenital heart defects and had to undergo open heart surgery at two weeks of life’.
“We think part of him knows he almost didn’t make it, which is why he has such a passion for life and an incredible spirit,” she said. “He puts a smile on everyone’s face, as this viral experiment has shown!”
Luca was finally able to meet the star player after the team’s game against Jamaica on July 7.
“After the game, Alex came to our section and Luca reached out to him,” Jackson told ‘GMA’. “She hugged him on the court and posed for pictures.”
Morgan even walked away with her own special gift: a big hug from Luca himself.
The USWNT have already won the first two of their CONCACAF W Championship clashes against Haiti and Jamaica, and are in a prime position to claim the title entirely.
On Thursday, the team qualified for a spot in the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, to be held in Australia and New Zealand.