CHICAGO (March 27, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Morgan Brian has been ruled out of the upcoming training camp and matches against Russia in Texas due to a minor knee injury suffered against France in the SheBelieves Cup.
Morgan has not progressed sufficiently to begin training with the National Team and will remain with her NWSL club the Houston Dash to continue her rehabilitation.
She will not be replaced on the USA’s training camp roster and 23 players will come to Dallas on March 30 to begin preparations to face Russia on April 6 at Toyota Stadium (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1 with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m.). The USA will then travel to Houston for the second leg of the two-game set against Russia on April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium (1 p.m. CT on ESPN).
U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 24-player roster for the training camp and two friendlies against Russia set to take place in Frisco on April 6 (7:30 p.m. CT; FS1) at Toyota Stadium and in Houston on April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium (1 p.m. CT; ESPN). Here are five things to know about this European opponent.
USA vs. Russia
The USA last met Russia during two friendly matches in February of 2014, winning 7-0 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. and 8-0 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Prior to those two games, the teams hadn’t met since 2002 in the opening game of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup in Uniondale, N.Y. Russia is currently ranked 23rd in the world.
CHICAGO (March 23, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 24-player training camp roster for two matches against Russia, taking place on April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (7:30 p.m. CT; FS1 with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. CT) and April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (1 p.m. CT on ESPN).
Ellis will choose 18 players for the game roster for each match. These will be the final U.S. WNT matches before the National Women’s Soccer League kicks off its fifth season with four games on April 15.
Ellis named three goalkeepers, six defenders, eight midfielders and seven forwards, although numerous players can play multiple positions. Nineteen of the players selected were on the roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup in March. Ellis has recalled midfielder Megan Rapinoe (117 caps/31 goals) and has given a first call-up to new Boston Breakers defender Megan Oyster, who had a quality NWSL season last year for the Washington Spirit. Forward Amy Rodriguez (129/30) and defender Meghan Klingenberg (70/3), who both attended the USA’s training camp before the SheBelieves Cup but did not make the final roster, were also selected, as was Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai, who earned her first three caps and scored her first WNT goal at the end of 2016. Six players on the roster have played 122 times or more for the USA while twelve have 33 or less caps.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position – Texas Friendlies
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)Read more
The National Women’s Soccer League may have just begun its preseason last week with the season’s first kick less than a month away, but three U.S. Women’s National Team players are currently in action overseas. Carli Lloyd (Manchester City FC) and Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC) played their first FA Cup matches in England, while Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais) has played in five games so far for the French juggernaut.
In her first competitive match abroad, Dunn started against Doncaster Rovers Belles in the FA Cup 5th Round, racking up a goal and an assist in 71 minutes on the field. Chelsea went on to complete a dominant 7-0 win and now looks towards Sunday’s FA Cup quarterfinal match against Sunderland AFC Ladies.
What a win yesterday! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/InVLuxv4xV— Chelsea Ladies FC (@ChelseaLFC) March 20, 2017
Lloyd also played in her first competitive match in England, going the entire 90 minutes in Manchester’s 1-0 win against Reading in the 5th round of FA Cup play. The Blues are set to take on Bristol City WFC on Sunday in its FA Cup quarterfinal.
Morgan scored her first goals in France on March 12 against Rodez in the French Cup, tallying three times while playing all 90 minutes. This past Saturday she scored twice – in a span of three minutes – against Albi to help OL clinch a 5-0 win in league play. With 45 points, OL is atop the league table, seven points above rival Paris Saint-Germain and eight above third-place Montpellier.
Both Morgan and Lloyd are also inching closer to fulfilling one of their reasons for going on their European adventures - the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League. On March 23, Lloyd and Manchester City will take on Fortuna of Denmark in the first leg of their quarterfinal series. That match will be played in Hjorring, Denmark. Morgan and Lyon face Germany power and two-time champion Wolfsburg on March 23 in Wolfsburg.Read more