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Alex Morgan among the first women to appear on the cover of the FIFA soccer video game

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 20 Jul 2015

Just a few weeks removed from winning the World Cup,US women's national team star Alex Morgan hasreceived another honor. EA Sports announced Monday that Morgan will appearon the US cover of FIFA 16, alongside FC Barcelona and Argentina men's national team starLionel Messi, who appears on the global cover of the game.Canada's Christine Sinclair and Australia's Stephanie Catley will appear on the Canadian and Australian covers, respectively. Morgan, Sinclair and Catleywill be the first women to ever appear on a cover of FIFA in the franchise's22 years of existence.EA Sports first announced the news on Twitter:World Cup champion @alexmorgan13 joins #Messi on the historic #FIFA16USCover! http://t.co/LeUM4cOo9s pic.twitter.com/683etOpQjw' EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) July 20, 2015FIFA 16 will also be the first version of the gameto featurewomen's soccer teams. EA Sports announced in late May that 12 women's national teams would be included in this year's game. As a result, EA Sports manager of North America marketing David Pekush Sr. believedMorgan and Sinclair to be"the perfect cover athletes" for this year's edition.'As soon as we knew Women's National Teams were joining FIFA 16, we immediately recognized that Christine and Alex would be the perfect cover athletes based on their accomplishments and what they represent for their respective countries and the sport of women's soccer," Pekush said. "They are exhilarating players and exude heart and courage on the pitch, and we are extremely proud to be working with them this year.'Morgan took to Twitter to express her excitement:I'm so honored to be featured on the cover of #FIFA16. Thank you @EASPORTSFIFA! https://t.co/vw73wtfncJ pic.twitter.com/5vp8RLUk1x' Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) July 20, 2015Both Morgan and Sinclair, along with other members of the US and Canada women's national team, spent time at EA Sports' studios in Canada working with the motion-capture team to record footage for in-game use, andhelping with the development of new player models.FIFA 16 will hit stores September 22.Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: Watch what happens after FIFA's Sepp Blatter has a wad of cash thrown at him
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