In advance of Tuesday’s match, FIFA.com published an article about Alex Morgan. This English professor feels compelled to explore the quality and character of FIFA.com’s writing.
Morgan looking for a fairytale finish
Headline declares: do not be confused by gender ambiguous name. Alex Morgan is a girl, with girlish aspirations.
Alex Morgan is one of the most popular players in USA women’s football.
Alex Morgan is a popular girl.
A talented goalscorer with a style that is very easy on the eye and good looks to match, she is nothing short of a media phenomenon.
Where to start?
Describing Morgan as a “talented goalscorer” suggests she that has talents other than goalscoring—talents related to her popularity (e.g. she can twirl a baton and sing the Star-Spangled Banner; she makes a mean Negroni).
“A style that is very easy on the eye” is the kind of phrasing one associates with a real estate listing, or…
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