Thorns' Alex Morgan in SI swimsuit edition

Thorns' Alex Morgan in SI swimsuit edition

Credit: Photo Credit: James Macari/Swimsuit 2014: Guana Island

Thorns' Alex Morgan in SI swimsuit edition

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by Teresa Blackman, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 5:32 PM

PORTLAND – One of the stars of the Portland Thorns FC women’s soccer team is featured in the anniversary 2014 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, on newsstands now.

Forward Alex Morgan appeared in the coveted Sports Illustrated photo shoot for the second year in a row. In 2012, she was part of the body paint section.

  Morgan tweeted Tuesday that she was "so honored” to be a part of the 50th anniversary edition. 

 A photo in Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition can launch a model’s career. Only two other athletes - basketball star Skylar Diggins and surfer Anastasia Ashley - were featured in the 2014 anniversary photo spread. All the other women were professional models.

Morgan is no stranger to stardom, though. She is an Olympic gold medalist and a member of the U.S. Women's National Team, along with her role as a forward for the Thorns.

During the 2012 London Olympic Games, Morgan scored the winning goal against Canada, sending the United States to the gold medal match, which they also won.

In Portland, Morgan was voted Player of the Year by fans in the 2013 season.

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