Alex Morgan caught the attention of fans worldwide at the 2011 Women’s World Cup with her clutch goals and good looks.
Now she plans to bear it all for Sports Illustrated.
The 22-year-old U.S. Women’s National Team player will appear in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue that hits stands on Feb. 14. However, instead of wearing a traditional swimsuit, Morgan will be sporting a bikini painted onto her naked body.
SI.com’s “Hot Clicks” released one photo of Morgan that will run in the upcoming issue. The photo shows Morgan in a multi-colored body paint bikini.
Morgan became an overnight sensation at the Women’s World Cup in Japan last year.
The forward netted a goal in the United States’ 3-1 victory over France in the semifinal.
It then appeared the super sub would become a national hero, as her goal in the 69th minute of the World Cup final put the U.S. up 1-0 against host Japan.
Morgan also assisted on Abby Wambach’s goal in extra time to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. However, Japan rallied to tie the game a second time and won in penalty kicks.
Despite the loss, Morgan returned to a hero’s welcome in the United States.
While she clearly displayed her skills on the pitch, many fans — especially men — were also “gaga” over her gorgeous appearance.
Morgan was named the World’s Sexiest Soccer Player by sports blog Diehard Sport.
Morgan will be one of three female athletes to don the body paint for Sports Illustrated’s famous yearly edition.
The magazine has not revealed the identities of the other two athletes.
“It was a completely new experience and definitely took some getting used to before I felt comfortable in bodypaint,” Morgan told SI about the experience.
“I had to look in the mirror every five minutes to make sure I actually had a swimsuit on.”
Morgan isn’t the first U.S. Women’s National Team player to shed her clothes for a magazine spread.
Goalie Hope Solo appeared completely naked in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue”.
The next order of business for Morgan and her U.S. teammates will be trying to capture the gold medal at this year’s Summer Olympics in London.
Morgan tallied goals in qualifying games against Guatemala, Costa Rica and Canada to help her country nab a berth to the games.