La vida local

Soccer star Alex Morgan meets fans

 

Alex Morgan wowed her fans (female and male alike, but mostly female) at two separate events in Miami Beach earlier this week.

The soccer star, who currently plays for the Portland Thorns, is passionate about the sport and wants to spread the word about how empowering it can be for young girls. She wrote about the topic in her book series, The Kicks, and signed copies for attendees at McDonald’s on Washington Avenue Sunday night.

“I drew a lot from my personal experiences when I wrote these,” the Olympic gold medalist said. “It’s about what girls on a middle grade soccer team have to go through: balancing homework with teamwork and the respect they have to give each other.”

No matter what happens, Morgan is sticking with the sport she’s been playing since she was 6.

“I’m still young,” said the Californian, who turned 25 Wednesday. “I don’t really want to think about what I’m doing because it’s so unpredictable being a professional athlete. I would like to stay in the game commentating or continuing to develop soccer around the world.”

On Monday, Morgan, a member of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team, was at Scott Rakow Youth Center talking to kids about to maintain a healthy lifestyle and explain how she rose up the ranks.

The message was clear: “Soccer is my passion,” said Morgan, who is engaged to Servando Carrasco, who plays with Houston Dynamo. “I love watching it, playing it. It just makes me happy thinking about it.”

Cup dreams

In related news, there’s not much more in life Patrick “PJ” Johnston loves than the game of soccer. The North Miami native, who graduated from Miami Norland High School and works as a coach at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, is basically obsessed.

In his new self published book. The Odyssey of a Soccer Junkie (Amazon), Johnston tells of his hilarious journey trying to make it to the World Cup in Mexico 1986. “I had determined that I would get there come hell or high water,” says Johnston, who is married with four kids.

“I had to rely on my quick wit and any resource necessary.”

At 50, Johnston’s adventurous spirit remains the same; he’s currently over in Brazil watching the action.

Madeleine Marr

Read more People stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Designer David Bromstad arrives at the Premiere of Summit Entertainment's "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

    La vida local

    Interior designer David Bromstad designs labels for Nestle

    David Bromstad can make his coffee and design the creamer, too.

  •  
(FILES) A file photo taken in Melbourne on January 14, 2014, shows US musician Redfoo, best known for his electropop band LMFAO, watching a men's singles match at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament. US pop star Redfoo suffered a cut above his eye and had blood streaming down his face after a man allegedly threw a glass at him in a Sydney pub on August 28, 2014. Redfoo, a judge on Australia's "X Factor" talent show, said he was celebrating the release of his new song -- New Thang -- at the bar in Sydney's up-market suburb of Double Bay when he was struck in the early hours.

    Celebrity birthdays on Sept. 3

    Actress Anne Jackson is 89. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 72. Actress Valerie Perrine is 71. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 66. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 59. Actor Charlie Sheen is 49. Singer Jennifer Paige is 41. Dance-rock musician Redfoo (LMFAO) is 39. Rock musician Tomo Milicevic (30 Seconds to Mars) is 35. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 30. Hip-hop singer August Alsina is 22.

  • Oops he did it again: Justin Bieber charged with assault

    TORONTO (AP) – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber faces new charges after police said Tuesday he was arrested for dangerous driving and assault following a collision between a minivan and an ATV that led to a physical altercation in southwestern Ontario.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category