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Alex Morgan Ruled Out of CONCACAF Women’s Championship with Ankle Injury

CHICAGO (Oct. 18, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan will be unavailable to participate in the remainder of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship due to a left ankle sprain suffered last night against Guatemala in the USA’s second Group A match.

Morgan underwent an MRI this morning that confirmed the sprain, but revealed no additional damage. She will be out an estimated 4-6 weeks to rehabilitate the injury. Morgan will depart the U.S. camp and return home to continue her rehab.

“We certainly feel for Alex and of course having her go down is a big loss to our team. But as I’ve often said, one of our strengths is depth and everyone on the roster is prepared to step up,” said U.S. head coach Ellis. “After talking with our medical staff and Alex, we all agreed that the best course of action for her is to head home to minimize travel and get into an environment where she can totally focus on recovery.”

Morgan, who has scored 49 goals in 77 matches for the USA and five goals in seven games in 2014, had started the USA’s first two games of the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.

“It’s unfortunate timing, but I know my teammates will take care of business and qualify for the World Cup and I’ll be watching from my couch,” said Morgan. “I have plenty of time to get healthy with a longer break coming up for the team, so my job is to focus on the rehab and get back healthy as soon as I can.”

Once the competition begins, teams cannot make roster changes due to injuries; therefore, the USA will play the remainder of the tournament with 19 players.

Photo Gallery: WNT Tops Group A with Win

Photos from the U.S. WNT's 5-0 win against Guatemala in its second game of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

WNT Takes Control of Group A with 5-0 Victory against Guatemala

BRIDGEVIEW, Illinois (Oct. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team moved a step closer to securing a spot in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with a 5-0 victory against Guatemala in Group A play at Toyota Park. 

A resurgent USA squad scored four second-half goals. Tobin Heath led the way with two goals, while Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe and center back Whitney Engen each tallied a goal. 

The USA moves to the summit of Group A with a 2-0-0 record. Earlier in the day in Group A action, Trinidad & Tobago defeated Haiti 1-0. At 1-1-0, both Trinidad & Tobago and Haiti are fighting to also move on from group play, while Guatemala has been eliminated with a 0-2-0 record. 

The U.S. wraps up Group A play against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (7:30 p.m. ET; FOX Sports 1). A victory or draw would guarantee the USA first place in the group and a top seed to face the Group B runner-up in the semifinals. The U.S. can also win Group A with a loss against Haiti if it retains superior goal differential. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux), 7th minute: The USA worked the ball around the right flank to defensive back Ali Krieger, who crossed in toward the center of the box. A couple Guatemala players from the team’s five-player back line could not disrupt the pass, and Leroux reached back with her right foot to flick the ball toward the six-yard box. Heath converged and slotted low into the right side for the goal. USA 1, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux), 46th minute: Just 30 seconds into the second half, the USA earned a two-goal cushion when Leroux cut back to her right foot from the left flank and crossed to Lloyd making a run toward the far right post. Lloyd rose up over Guatemala’s Kimberly De Leon and headed the ball to the left side of the frame past Alicia Navas. USA 2, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd), 57th minute: Megan Rapinoe had a line-drive corner kick from the right side that Lloyd volleyed from the left side of the box. The shot possibly was headed on goal, but just to make sure, Heath redirected with a cheeky flick of her left foot and her back to the goal, shooting inside the right post for her second goal of the match. Heath now has 11 international goals in 78 games and three goals this year. USA 3, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe), 58th minute: The USA started to pile things on as Rapinoe’s free kick from the left went directly to Engen running in toward the left post. Guatemala’s defense broke down as Engen had a clear path and took advantage of the opportunity with a header inside the left of the frame. The center back scored her second goal of the year and third of her 20-game international career. USA 4, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Megan Rapinoe, 66th minute: Carli Lloyd’s initial shot at the top of the box was blocked by Guatemala’s Gloria Aguilar, but Rapinoe was at the right place for the rebound. Rapinoe’s curling right-footed shot from 20 yards out struck nothing but net as Alicia Navas had little chance to get to the ball. USA 5, GUA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:GUA – Londy Barrios, 36th minute: Carli Lloyd worked the ball down the left side and crossed in toward Alex Morgan at the six-yard box. Barrios quickly got in the pathway and deflected it out for a USA corner kick as Morgan would have had a clear scoring chance at the near left post. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 41st minute: Megan Rapinoe’s free kick from the right side lined up with both Whitney Engen and Sydney Leroux. Engen just missed getting a flick-header touch, but Leroux was in the way of Rapinoe’s kick and shot toward the goal. However, the ball went directly to Navas, and the Guatemala goalkeeper secured. 

GUA – Alicia Navas, 69th minute: Rapinoe’s shot from the left side was destined for the far right post, and Navas stayed on top of it with the save and did not allow a rebound with Sydney Leroux lurking. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd now has 52 goals in her career, the most for a WNT player exclusively to play as a midfielder. Lloyd is ninth on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list and is now just one goal behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra (53 goals from 1987-96).
  • Lloyd notched her 29th-career assist and Megan Rapinoe her 28th assist. They rank 14th and 15th, respectively, on the U.S. WNT’s all-time assists list.
  • Hope Solo added to her U.S. WNT record with her 75th-career shutout. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT wraps up Group A play in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1 and multi-platform devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGo.com.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 12-2-3 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT is 3-0-0 all-time against Guatemala. The USA has outscored Guatemala 27-0 in its three meetings.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made three changes to her starting lineup from the tournament opener against Trinidad & Tobago. The returning defensive starters included Hope Solo in goal, right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center back Becky Sauerbrunn. Whitney Engen made her first start, getting the call ahead of Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield included returning starters Lauren Holiday and team captain Carli Lloyd, while Megan Rapinoe dropped back to the midfield against Guatemala. She had been in the front line in the last match.
  • Lloyd wore the armband for the first time since the USA’s 2-2 draw against France on June 19 in East Hartford, Connecticut.
  • The USA’s three starting forwards in their 4-3-3 formation featured returning starter Alex Morgan, and Sydney Leroux and Tobin Heath made their first starts, while Abby Wambach and Christen Press came off the bench.
  • In the 37th minute, Morgan collided with Guatemala defender Londy Barrios in a shoulder-to-shoulder sequence in Guatemala’s defensive third. Morgan injured her left ankle, attempted to put pressure on it on the sidelines but was eventually forced to exit the game. She was ruled to have sprained her ankle, and Press replaced her in the 42nd minute.
  • The USA thought it had a two-goal lead heading into the halftime break when Meghan Klingenberg crossed from the left and connected perfectly with Press in the 45th minute. However, on the Press header, she was ruled to have fouled Marilyn Rivera and the goal was called back.
  • Kelley O’Hara was brought into the game for Krieger to open the second half.
  • In the 68th minute, Ellis used her final sub with Amy Rodriguez entering for Klingenberg. Heath dropped back to Klingenberg’s spot at left back.
  • Lloyd and Rapinoe each scored their third-career goals in the CONCACAF Women’s Championship.
  • Press and Sauerbrunn are the only USA players to have made an appearance in all 17 games this year.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Oct. 17, 2014
Competition: 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – Group A
Venue: Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Illinois
Kickoff: 8 p.m. CT
Attendance: 6,796
Weather: 55 degrees, cool 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          4          5
GUA                            0          0          0           

USA – Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux)            7th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Sydney Leroux)   46
USA – Tobin Heath (Carli Lloyd)        57
USA – Whitney Engen (Megan Rapinoe)      58
USA – Megan Rapinoe           66 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen, 16-Meghan Klingenberg (8-Amy Rodriguez, 68), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 15-Megan Rapinoe, 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (14-Christen Press, 42), 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 7-Morgan Brian, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

GUA: 12-Alicia Navas; 2-Daniela Andrade, 14-Coralia Monterroso, 5-Londy Barrios, 3-Marilyn Rivera; 10-Kimberly De León (7-Alida Argueta, 77), 15-Christian Recinos, 6-Gloria Aguilar, 4-Mia Espino; 8-María Monterroso (19-Diana Barrera, 77), 13-Aisha Solorzano (18-Kellin Mayen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 1-Yoselin Franco, 9-Ana Lucia Martínez, 11-Vilma López, 16-Cinthya Lopez, 17-Jennifer Barrios, 20-Melany Cayetano
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso                 

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 21 / 0
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 11 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 10
Offside: 7 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)        49th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Maurees Skeete (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Morera (CRC)
Fourth Official: Marianela Araya (CRC) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Megan Rapinoe

WNT vs. Guatemala: Highlights - Oct. 17, 2014

The U.S. WNT put away Guatemala with a four-goal second half outburst in both teams' second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.

Room to Improve on Positive Start

CHICAGO (Oct. 16) - Focused on earning a berth to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup set to be hosted in Canada next summer, the U.S. Women’s National Team played its first qualifying match in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship – at the end of which, the top three teams automatically qualify for the World Cup – with a 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis acknowledged her team’s difficulty in the breaking down its opponent, but took the positive of opening tournament play with a win.

“Obviously, pleased that we got three points,” Ellis said after the match. “Credit to Trinidad, we don’t often see teams that sit as organized and put so many numbers behind the ball, so for us it was an excellent challenge. Defensively, we gave up some big mistakes, but for us right now, it literally is about regrouping and getting ready for Friday.”

The USA’s lone goal came in the 54th minute after forward Alex Morgan broke out on the left side of the box, was able to get past the goalkeeper, and sent a beauty of a pass to Abby Wambach, who knocked a header into the net to give the USA the advantage and eventual victory. The goal was the 171st of Wambach’s career with the National Team.



One of the USA's fastest players and hardest runners, Morgan has become a consistent scoring threat with her breakout 2012 campaign. She scored 14 goals in a 12-game stretch from January to late May of 2012, including three straight two-goal efforts. She earned her first career hat trick on March 7, 2012, during a 4-0 victory against Sweden in the third-place game of the Algarve Cup. Morgan tallied one of the most important goals in recent U.S. history when she scored the winning goal in stoppage time to give the U.S. a 1-0 victory against Italy on Nov. 20, 2010, in the first leg of the FIFA Women's World Cup Playoff.

She burst onto the international scene at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, helping the USA to the championship and scoring the winning goal in the final against Korea DPR … 2012: Had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, pounding in 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories … Was named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year for the first time … Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Abby Wambach (31 in 2004) … Her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Mia Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991) … Finished third in the voting for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and attended the Gala Awards ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland … Became a starter for the first time in the fifth game of the year, a 4-0 victory against Canada in the championship of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Vancouver, Canada … She torched Canada with two goals and two assists and would go on to start every game but one the rest of the year … Ended the year with 31 matches played and 27 starts … Started all six games at the 2012 Olympics, her first, playing all but 27 minutes of the tournament … Scored three goals in the Olympics, two against France in the opening match, including the crucial equalizer to make it 2-2, and one of the most dramatic goals in women’s soccer history in the 123rd minute of the semifinal against Canada … The game-winner against Canada at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, was the latest goal ever scored in FIFA history … Her looping header off a cross from Heather O’Reilly came just moments before the final whistle … Also had four assists at the Olympics, which included setting up Abby Wambach goals against North Korea and in the quarterfinal against New Zealand, and the first goal in the Olympic Final to Carli Lloyd … Played in four games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, starting just the final, and had four goals and six assists … Her two goals against Canada in Olympic qualifying started a three-game streak in which she scored two goals in each game, which included a last-gasp winner against New Zealand during a 2-1 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at FC Dallas Stadium … In the third-place match of the Algarve Cup against Sweden in Portugal, she registered her first career hat trick … Had nine multiple-goal games on the year, including her second career hat trick, which came against Ireland in Portland, Ore., as she scored three times in a 21-minute span at the end of the first half … Scored in 18 of her 31 matches … Was named the FOX Soccer Player of the Year for men or women … 2011: Had a breakout performance at the Women’s World Cup, her first at the senior level, when she came off the bench for five of the six games and became, along with Abby Wambach, one of two U.S. players to score in the World Cup semifinal and championship game … Scored the third and game-clinching goal in the 3-1 victory over France in the semifinal and then tallied against Japan in the final to open the scoring … Also had an assist to Wambach in the championship game, becoming the first U.S. player to get a goal and an assist in the World Cup final … Played in 19 total matches, starting just two, but scored six goals with two assists … Scored three goals at the Algarve Cup in Portugal and was given the Top Scorer Award … Named one of 10 players on the short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2010: Earned her first career cap on March 31 against Mexico in Salt Lake City, coming on at halftime in a match played on a snow-covered field … Played in eight matches, all off the bench, and scored one of the most important goals in recent U.S. history when she came into the first leg of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Playoff against Italy in Padova on Nov. 20 and scored the winning goal in stoppage time to give the USA a 1-0 victory … Scored her first career goal on Oct. 2 against China in Chester, Pa., tallying the tying goal in the 1-1 draw with seven minutes left … Was the youngest player on the U.S. team at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament where she played in four games and scored two goals against Guatemala and Costa Rica … 2009: Earned her first call-up to the senior side in December … Youth National Teams: Finished her U-20 career with 10 career caps and five goals … Four of those goals came at the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup where she won the Silver Ball as the second-best player in the tournament and Bronze Shoe as the third-leading scorer … Scored against France, twice against Argentina and then in the championship game against Korea DPR in the 42nd minute after a slaloming run … Played in four games at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament, scoring one goal against Cuba while picking up three assists … First Appearance: March 31, 2010, vs. Mexico … First Goal: Oct. 2, 2010, vs. China.
Allocated to Portland Thorns FC for the 2013 NWSL season … 2012: Played several matches with the Seattle Sounders in the W-League … 2011: Taken first overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash and helped the club to the WPS title in its first year … Played 689 minutes in 13 games for the Flash, starting six, and had four goals (tied for second-most of any WNT player) with three assists … Played 106 minutes of the championship game during the penalty kick win against Philadelphia … Club: Captained the 2006 Cal South ’89 State Team to the U-17 national title … Played club for Cypress Elite from ages 14-18 … Played a few matches at the U-20 level for the San Diego Surf.
Full name is Alexandra Patricia Morgan … Nicknames are “Al” or “Ali” … Graduated in December 2010, a full semester early, with a degree in political economy … Appeared in the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in body paint … Walked in the Just Dance 4 runway show during New York Fashion Week in the fall of 2012 and would love to have the experience again … Has a cat named Brooklyn that has six toes on both front feet … Enjoys shopping … Enjoys doing Vinyasa Yoga and recently started doing spin classes, especially enjoys FlyWheel … Supports Barcelona but enjoys watching all good soccer … Enjoys playing and watching tennis, especially the majors … Enjoys snowboarding and wakeboarding … Lettered in track for two years in high school, running the 100-meter, the 200-meter and competing in the high jump … She also played volleyball in high school, in which she lettered twice, and was a right outside hitter but had to stop playing due to soccer commitments … Studied in Madrid in the summer of 2009 and speaks a bit of Spanish … Has a license to drive a motorcycle, but doesn’t … Obsessed with the number 13 … Favorite TV shows are “Modern Family” and “The Amazing Race.”Concluded her college career at California in the fall of 2010 tied as the third all-time scorer in school history with 45 goals and in sole possession of third place in points (107) … Had she not missed numerous games as a senior while playing for the National Team, likely would have finished atop both lists … Played in 67 games in her college career, starting 61, and fired 272 shots … She was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection … As a senior, she played in only 12 games due to National Team commitments but still led the Bears in goals (14) and points (30) and was first in the nation for the majority of the season in goal scoring … She capped off her career by being named on NSCAA First-Team All-American … She was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy as a senior despite only playing in 12 matches … One of four finalists for the Honda Award, given to the best overall candidate in each sport … She led her Bears to the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years, advancing to the second round twice … As a junior in 2009, she led Cal in goals (14), assists (8), points (36), shots (97) and shots on goal (55) and tallied three game-winning goals … As a sophomore in 2008 she led Cal in points (23), goals (9), shots (76) and shots on goal (39) … As a freshman in 2007, she started 15 of the 17 games she played in but missed four games at the beginning of the season due to a sprained ankle … Led Cal in points (18) and goals (8) … Tallied game-winning goals against San Diego State, Saint Mary’s and No. 1 Santa Clara … Posted a hat trick against Saint Mary’s and had two goals at Arizona State … In the spring, she scored a hat trick in Cal’s 3-2 win against North Carolina … High School: Attended Diamond Bar High School where she was an NSCAA All-American and a three-time all-league pick.
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