NWSL Championship injury updates: Morgan, Heath, Zerboni on track to play

Jeff Kassouf August 27, 2013 4
Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan is on track to play Saturday but will continue to be monitored, according to Portland coach Cindy Parlow Cone. (Photo copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Star power should be in full effect at Saturday’s National Women’s Soccer League Championship in Rochester, N.Y., between the Western New York Flash and Portland Thorns FC.

Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath are both on track to play for Portland Thorns FC, coach Cindy Parlow Cone said on Tuesday’s national media conference call. The league and Fox Sports will certainly be happy to have a full-fledged Abby vs. Alex matchup (those promotions have already begun).

Morgan will be monitored throughout the week, Cone said, “and if she’s good to go, we’ll play her.” Morgan was already quoted as saying she expects to be 100 percent by Saturday after spraining her left MCL on August 7.

Heath, who left Saturday’s semifinal win over FC Kansas City in the 74th minute with a right foot injury, is “alright” and “should be fine for the game Saturday,” Cone said.

Key for the Flash would be the full return of captain and midfielder McCall Zerboni, who went down on August 7 with a right calf strain. Zerboni missed the last two regular season games with the injury and came on in the 79th minute during Western New York’s 2-0 semifinal win over Sky Blue FC.

Flash coach Aaran Lines said Zerboni had only trained with the team for 15 minutes prior to that appearance, but she is back to full training and will be monitored throughout the week.

  • nwslfan

    it’s that Fogerty song- “put me in coach, I’m ready to play today.”

    CPC’s brilliant formation and sub rotation in the semi’s was borne out of sheer necessity. now, CPC has to select carefully bc Lines is game planning. Plus, Lloyd, who has become a such a big game player, will find a way to be a hero. this should be an amazing battle.

  • kernel_thai

    If the medical staff clears them and the coach decides to play them then they play. A player can only say “I wont play” or “please let me play”.

  • Silver Frost

    It’s hard to believe Heath is ready 3 days after being crippled. Flash play for keeps, and another “accident” might happen to Heath during the game to get her out.

    • tlhazz

      I can’t believe Heath will be ready either. I thought for awhile they were gonna have to amputate her foot right on the sideline last Saturday