US SoccerUS Soccer

Morgan Brian

Women's National Team
Stories
National Teams
Professional
College/High School
Personal

WNT for Club and Country

The fast-approaching Women’s World Cup has kept the WNT players tremendously busy around the USA and the world, but they are looking forward to the chance to turn out for their NWSL clubs and play a handful of games before the final stretch run to Canada.

Back at Home, WNT Preps for Final Stretch Before World Cup

After playing six consecutive matches in Europe and winning the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the U.S. WNT has come home for a final stretch of four games leading into the Women’s World Cup. A sign that the World Cup is close? The players knocked out the final Beep Test of the year.

Ellis Names 25-Player Roster for Next Stretch of World Cup Prep

CHICAGO (March 20, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will train in Los Angeles for a week before traveling to St. Louis for the USA’s first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium. Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for that game.

The roster includes the same 25 players who were in Portugal earlier this month to help the USA win the 2015 Algarve Cup, the program’s 10th title at the prestigious annual tournament, after defeating France 2-0 in the championship game. Additionally, there are two St. Louis natives in the roster: Becky Sauerbrunn, who was an All-American at Ladue High School and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year, and Lori Chalupny, who was an All-American at Nerinx Hall High School.

The USA’s training camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis, where it will train for three days before facing New Zealand. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. More than 31,000 tickets have already been sold. (TICKETS)

“Having the initial training period in L.A., when we can go a bit harder and then tapering into the match in St. Louis will be excellent preparation for a New Zealand team that always gives us a highly competitive game,” said Ellis. “This will be an excellent test for us. They are aggressive, athletic and like to press. We’ll see some similar tendencies that we could see in our first group match at the World Cup and certainly the crowd will be tremendous. It will be nice to be back at home.”

The match against the Kiwis begins a four-game run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that includes three Send-Off Series games in May.

The U.S. Women will begin the Send-Off Series against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. From there, the USA will travel down the coast to face fellow CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, with the Mexico game also available on Univision Deportes.

After a short break, the U.S. team will head to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

SEND-OFF SERIES TICKETS

USA vs. Republic of Ireland (May 10 in San Jose, Calif.)
Tickets for the USA vs. Ireland are available starting March 27 at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

USA vs. Mexico (May 17 in Carson, Calif.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Mexico on May 17 are available now through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Korea Republic (May 30 in Harrison, N.J.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Korea Republic go on sale starting March 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA last faced Ireland on Dec. 1, 2012, a 2-0 victory in Glendale, Arizona.
  • The U.S. outscored Mexico 15-0 over a span of three games in 2014. The CONCACAF foes embarked on a two-game set in September with the USA scoring four goals in each half for an 8-0 win on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Five days later, the WNT nabbed a 4-0 victory at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York. The teams also met on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, during the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA picked up a 3-0 win to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played the Korea Republic on June 20, 2013, also at Red Bull Arena, earning a 5-0 victory in a match that saw Abby Wambach score four times to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time goal scoring record of 158. Wambach currently has 178 goals.
  • While the match at the brand new Avaya Stadium will be the first for the WNT, the U.S. Women have played 10 matches at StubHub Center, going 10-0-0 at the home of MLS champion LA Galaxy.
  • The U.S. WNT played six matches in San Jose from 1997-2007, all at Spartan Stadium.
  • The match against the Korea Republic will mark the third for the U.S. Women at Red Bull Arena, home to MLS’s New York Red Bulls.

Highlights: WNT Claims 10th Algarve Cup with 2-0 Defeat of France

The WNT played in the championship game of the Algarve Cup in a rematch game against France.

WNT Defeats France 2-0 to Win 10th Algarve Cup

FARO, Portugal (March 11, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned its 10th championship at the Algarve Cup, defeating France 2-0 at Algarve Stadium. 

Defender Julie Johnston’s first WNT goal proved to be the winner and Christen Press recorded her 20th international goal late in the first half. Budweiser Woman of the Match Hope Solo and the USA defense earned the shutout, with Solo coming up big with a diving stop on Amandine Henry’s 81st-minute penalty kick. 

The title match was the USA’s 14th appearance in an Algarve Cup title game in 20 trips to the tournament. The USA and France had never faced each other in an Algarve Cup title game. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday), 7th minute: Holiday took the free kick from 23 yards out to the left of the box and delivered a whipping right-footed ball that easily avoided France’s two-player wall and into the middle of the six-yard box. Johnston made a strong run, leaned to her left and headed the ball into the right side of the frame for her first WNT goal. It was Holiday’s team-leading third assist of the year. USA 1, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez), 41st minute: Hope Solo’s goal kick reached the midfield and Rodriguez deflected the ball toward Press. Romania referee Cristina Dorcioman allowed the USA to play advantage, and France’s defense stalled. Press played on and weaved her way through three scrambling France defenders before slotting her low shot just inside the right post for her first goal of the year and 20th of her WNT career. USA 2, FRA 0 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Lauren Holiday, 2nd minute: France possessed well in the early going, with Eugenie Le Sommer lurking at the edge of the 18-yard box. Le Sommer attempted a right-footed blast but Holiday lunged in with an aggressive block. 

USA – Hope Solo, 22nd minute: France’s Camille Abily geared up for a long range shot from outside the box that she drove past U.S. defender Julie Johnston. Solo needed to move slightly to her right to save the high-paced attempt and did well to prevent any rebound, leaning over to corral the shot. 

USA – Hope Solo, 35th minute: France was awarded a free kick just to the left of the box, and Camille Abily’s right-footed ball was played to the edge of the six-yard box. Solo rushed off her line and punched it away with her left glove, directing the ball toward the sideline. 

USA – Hope Solo, 40th minute: Kheira Hamraoui unleashed a low shot from distance, with Becky Sauerbrunn as the closest U.S. defender to the ball. Though Solo could have been partially screened, she was on top of the shot and punched it away. Julie Johnston then cleared the ball out of bounds. 

USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute: France’s Laure Boulleau crossed in from the left side and the ball bent toward the goal. Solo needed to stretch to tip the ball as it almost simultaneously caromed off of the crossbar. 

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 79th minute: U.S. second-half sub Sydney Leroux hoped to get into the scoring act when the ball was played deep up the field. Bouhaddi read the play well and beat Leroux to the ball toward the top of the box. 

USA – Hope Solo, 81st minute: U.S. outside back Meghan Klingenberg was whistled for grabbing Marie-Laure Delie’s arm in the penalty box. Amandine Henry took the penalty kick and Solo had it read the whole way. Even before Henry’s shot, Solo took a step to her right and then dove in that direction to parry the ball away. (SEE SAVE) 

Milestone Watch:

  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her 81st shutout for the USA.
  • Christen Press became the 26th player to record at least 20 goals during her WNT tenure.
  • Abby Wambach made her 238th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list. She is one game behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Megan Rapinoe earned her 99th cap, and is now one appearance away from hitting the century mark. Thirty other WNT players have reached 100 caps. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT hosts New Zealand at 2:30 p.m. CT on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, where more than 30,000 tickets have been sold.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1; Ticket information
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 15-1-2 all-time and improved to 4-0-0 in the Algarve Cup against France.
  • The U.S. is now 4-1-1 in 2015.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup featured a 4-4-2, with Hope Solo in goal and a defensive line of Ali Krieger at right back, Meghan Klingenberg on the left and center back pairing Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston.
  • In the midfield, Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband and played on the right. Christen Press was on the left and Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian played centrally.
  • Alex Morgan and Amy Rodriguez were paired up top, with Rodriguez earning her first start of the tournament.
  • Kelley O’Hara replaced Rodriguez in the 68th minute for the USA’s first sub. Press moved up to forward and O’Hara played in the midfield.
  • In the 75th minute, Sydney Leroux entered for Press.
  • In the 85th minute, the USA made three subs. Shannon Boxx replaced Morgan Brian, Wambach for Klingenberg and Megan Rapinoe for Alex Morgan. Wambach played alongside Leroux up top, Rapinoe on the left side of the midfield and Boxx in central midfield. O’Hara dropped to left back. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 11, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Championship Match
Venue: Algarve Stadium; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET; 4 p.m. local
Attendance: 1,500 
Weather: 64 degrees; Sunny and breezy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            2          0          2
FRA                             0          0          0

USA – Julie Johnston (Lauren Holiday)                     7th minute
USA – Christen Press (Amy Rodriguez)                    41 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (20-Abby Wambach, 85); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday, 14-Morgan Brian (7-Shannon Boxx, 85), 23-Christen Press (2-Sydney Leroux, 75); 8-Amy Rodriguez (5-Kelley O’Hara, 68), 13-Alex Morgan (15-Megan Rapinoe, 85)
Subs Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Lori Chalupny, 17-Tobin Heath, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 20-Anaïg Butel, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 3-Laure Boulleau; 13-Kadidiatou Diani (7-Kenza Dali, 58), 6-Amandine Henry, 10-Camille Abily, 23-Kheira Hamraoui (11-Claire Lavogez, 58); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie-Laure Delie, 78), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer
Subs Not Used: 1-Emmeline Mainguy, 2-Wendie Renard, 4-Sandra Toletti, 12-Elodie Thomis, 14-Aureli Kaci, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 19-Griedge M’Bock Bathy Nka, 21-Méline Gerard, 22-Amel Majri
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo 

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 5 / 11
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 7
Fouls: 13 / 6
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Morgan Brian (caution)                       33rd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Cristina Dorcioman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

U.S. National Teams: A rising star in central midfield for the WNT, Brian has shown the tremendous skill that made her one of the USA’s best youth national team players of the recent generation and she is already pushing for increased playing time in a deep and talented U.S. midfield.

2015:
Has started and played for the USA in all six matches so far this year...Helped the USA to its 10th Algarve Cup title providing a strong presence in center midfield throughout the tournament... 2014: Earned 16 caps to the National Team while also leading her college team at UVA to the NCAA championship game … Was named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … Played in every international tournament in which the WNT participated in 2014, including the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where she helped the USA qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup … Played in three games during qualifying, starting one, and scored one goal with one assist … 2013: Earned first three senior team caps in 2013 as the youngest player on the WNT … Her first call-up to the full National Team came during the USA’s June friendlies against the Korea Republic … She earned her first cap on June 15 against Korea, entering the game in the 77th minute for Lauren Cheney at Foxboro Stadium … Scored her first goal in her second cap, finishing the scoring in a 7-0 victory vs. Mexico at RFK Stadium … Youth National Teams:  Most recently played with the U.S. Under-23 WNT in 2013 … A key member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Started all six games in the tournament and played all but 18 minutes … She scored the first goal in the 2-0 victory vs. Nigeria in the semifinal … Finished her U-20 career with 21 caps and four goals … A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship to earned a berth to Japan … Played in four games in qualifying and totaled 337 minutes … Had one goal and one assist during qualifying, scoring in the 4-0 semifinal victory over Mexico that earned the USA its berth to the Women’s World Cup … Scored a goal against Switzerland in La Manga, Spain in February of 2012 … The youngest player named to the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup roster, she played in one match against Paraguay, going all 90 minutes as a defender… She was also the youngest player on the CONCACAF Qualifying team, seeing action in three matches and scoring against El Salvador … Captained the U.S. U-17 team during the 2009-10 cycle and had seven goals at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament as the USA out-scored its opponents 38-0 but failed to qualify for the U-17 Women’s World Cup after falling in a penalty kick shootout during the semifinal … Finished her U-17 international career with 22 caps and 15 goals … Called up from the U.S. U-15s to the U-17s in 2008 … Participated in the U.S. Soccer Under-14 I.D. Camp in 2007 and played some matches with the U-14s that year as well. First cap: June 15, 2012, vs. Korea Republic. First goal: Sept. 3, 2013 vs. Mexico.

Professional / Club: 2015: Taken #1 overall by the Houston Dash in the NWSL Draft … Youth club: Played for the Ponte Vedra Storm from U-12 to U-19 … Won state championships at the U-18 and U-17 levels with the Storm and was the national runner-up as U-17s … Storm won the U-19 national title in the summer of 2012.

College / High School: Finished her senior season at the University of Virginia in the fall of 2014 and won the MAC Hermann Trophy as the best collegiate player in the country for the second consecutive year … She became the fourth women’s player to win the award in consecutive years, joining Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow and Christine Sinclair … She earned a bevy of plaudits at the college level as four-time First Team All-ACC, three-time All-America and two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner as the nation’s top female college soccer player, becoming the fifth player in history to win it twice … Missed eight college games as a senior due to her WNT commitments (UVA won them all), but still managed to score 10 goals with 14 assists to help lead the Cavaliers to the NCAA tournament Final … In the first round of the tournament she tied an NCAA single-game record with five assists … She became the first Virginia player to record 40 goals and 40 assists in a career … Finished career ranked second in career points (125), second in career assists (43) and fifth in career goals (41) … Started 78 of the 81 games she played for the Cavaliers … Was a First-Team NSCAA All-American and  First-Team Soccer America MVP …Named First-Team All-ACC and First-Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region … Was on the NCAA All-Tournament Team … She had the game-winning goal at UCLA in NCAA Quarterfinal match … Had a spectacular junior season in 2013, winning the MAC Hermann Trophy as the top player in college soccer … Was also named the Soccer America Player of the Year … Was a First-Team NSCAA All- American, a First-Team Soccer America MVP, First-Team NSCAA All-Southeast Region and First-Team All-ACC …  Started 25 games, missed the victory at UNC due to international duty for the senior Women’s National Team … Tied atop the ACC in scoring with 46 points on 16 goals and a league-high 14 assists, which tied a UVA single-season record, as she led the Cavaliers to an unbeaten regular season … Scored in all four NCAA Tournament wins to lead UVA to the College Cup … Named to the All-NCAA Tournament Team and ACC All- Tournament Team … As a sophomore in 2012, she was NSCAA First-Team All-Southeast Region and First-Team All- ACC … She was voted the MVP of the ACC Tournament … Named to the Soccer America MVP Second-Team … Appeared in 15 total games, starting 13, after missing the start of the season due to international duty at the U-20 Women’s World Cup … Had four goals and seven assists, with all four goals coming in post-season play … Had two goals and one assist in ACC Tournament semifinal win over Florida State … Named the Soccer America National Freshman of the Year for Virginia in 2011 … An NSCAA First-Team All-American … A Second-Team Soccer America MVP … Hermann Trophy Semifinalist … Named the ACC Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-ACC … The second-leading scorer on the Cavs with 11 goals and eight assists … Started in 22 games and appeared in 23 of the 24 total matches … Attended Frederica Academy … Was the 2011 Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year and the 2011 Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year … She was also the 2010 Parade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year … 2010 NSCAA Youth Player of the Year… 2010 NSCAA High School and Youth All-American … 2010 ESPN Rise All-American … A two-time Parade All-American … Two-Time Gatorade Georgia State Player of the Year … Played varsity as an eighth grader and was All-Region and All-State, helping her team to second place in the state tournament … As a freshman, she was team MVP, All-Region and All-State and helped the Knights to the state title … She scored 83 goals with 50 assists in her first two years of high school soccer and had 71 goals and 30 assists her senior season for the Knights … Did not play many high school games as a junior due to national team commitments … Finished her HS career with 186 goals and 95 assists.

Personal: Full name is Morgan Paige Brian … Nickname is Moe or Miss M … Majoring in kinesiology … A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … Played varsity basketball as an eighth-grader, freshman, sophomore and senior, earning team MVP every year as well as the Coach’s Award and All-Region and All-State recognition … Enjoys playing Ping-Pong, basketball, going to the beach and watching movies on a rainy day… Also loves to spend time with friends and family, and sleep … Enjoys attending church … Her sister played soccer for D-II Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., and then earned her Master’s at Hawaii Pacific and lives in Hawaii now … Favorite foods are pineapple gratin and peanut butter pie … But is also a big fan of queso dip and, recently, Indian food … Favorite candy is Warheads, the extreme sour hard candies, or anything sour in general, but is not a fan of spicy.

×