Alex Morgan to play first half of 2017 with Lyon

The Equalizer Staff December 20, 2016 221
Alex Morgan will play for Lyon at the start of 2017. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Alex Morgan will play for Lyon to begin the 2017 season. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

It’s official: United States women’s national team forward Alex Morgan will play for defending European champions Lyon for the first half of 2017. The Orlando Pride announced that the club captain plans to return to the team in the NWSL following the European season, which ends in May.

Morgan said she became interested in the prospects of joining the 10-time defending French champions as they fight to defend their UEFA Champions League title and to work on elements of her game.

“My decision to play for Lyon was not an easy one, but it is an important step in my evolution as a player,” Morgan said. “I want to thank the Pride and our incredible fans and community for their continued support. I look forward to returning home this summer as a better player and leader to join my teammates at our new stadium as we compete for a NWSL Championship.”

Lyon faces Wolfsburg in the two-leg quarterfinals which take place at the end of March. The pairing is a rematch of last season’s final.

Morgan was brought to Orlando in the biggest trade in NWSL history in October 2015, when the Thorns traded her and Kaylyn Kyle for the No. 1 overall pick (which became Emily Sonnett), the rights to the team’s first Expansion Draft selection (which became Meghan Klingenberg) an international spot in 2016 and 2017 (French star Amandine Henry is among Portland’s international stars) and, eventually, the rights to Lindsey Horan.

That trade was essential to Orlando even entering the NWSL as a 2016 expansion team. Morgan has said that it also helped her personally, as it brought her to the same club as her husband, Servando Carrasco, who plays for Orlando City.

Morgan’s contract is with U.S. Soccer and not with Orlando. The U.S. WNT Players Association is currently in ongoing collective bargaining talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation. The current agreement expires at the end of the day on Dec. 31, 2016.

  • Guest

    surprise!

  • Arcie Tillydee

    “…an important step in my evolution as a player.” By which I suspect she means “an important step in the evolution of my bank balance.”

    • DNG

      Yeah. Count me among those skeptical that she is going to evolve much as a player at all. I’m more interested in seeing how much time on the field she gets. Will OL force her into their lineup?

      • #1Fan

        of course they will. This is a Chairman thirsting for attention. The PSG coach has it spot on. She is not needed, she is not better than what they have and she will potentially disrupt team chemistry.

        • Guest

          wow the Morgan hater chorus is back. She isn’t even skipping out on the pride season. Why criticize her for doing this?

          • laura

            IKR? The Press fanboys should be excited. Maybe she will get to play all 90 for their garbage friendlies through the spring.

          • JL

            Those friendlies are going to be scheduled during FIFA breaks, when Morgan will be available.

          • kernel_thai

            Or she won’t play. There have always been some contractual dates built into the tv deal that has forced matches scheduled outside the FIFA calendar. Of course she may have a release for NT dates built into her Lyon deal.

          • DNG

            I’m not criticizing Morgan for going to Lyon. She is free to play for whoever she wishes.

            She is going to miss the first 2 months of the NWSL season. That’s a significant number of game for a team who is very thin depth wise with CFs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Orlando in the bottom half again this year.

          • #1Fan

            Where has she been criticized? Im commenting on Lyon, not her.

          • guest

            newsflash. alex morgan will miss the orlando pride training camp and the first two months of the six month nwsl season.

          • mockmook

            newsflash — why should she be making plans to play with Orlando when her employer (USSF) hasn’t agreed to a CBA?

        • DNG

          If she disrupts their team chemistry there are probably only 3-4 clubs in Europe that can actually capitalize on that. I think their main competition, Wolfsburg, did get better though by signing Pernille Harder. I’m interest to see how she fits into that team.

          • #1Fan

            And thats the point. Thats the whole WoSo sideshow/dilemma. You dont have to do things “right” to be successful becasue there are too few competitive teams. That goes for NTs, Clubs and Youth level. Its why we are where we are. Competition drives excellence, and WoSO does not ahve enoguh of it to make it matter

        • Steglitz49

          Jean-Michel Aulas has already made big contributions to the advancement and benefit of WoSo. Respect, please.

          • #1Fan

            the two are not mutually exclusive. And when you treat others with respect, then maybe Ill listen.

          • Steglitz49

            I think you need to familiarize yourself with the European WoSo scene a bit. Maybe not go all the way back 30 or 45 years but a bit.

          • #1Fan

            so wanting the spotlight and making contributions are mutually exclusive? i think you need to familiarize yourself with comprehension – dont go back too far but a bit.

          • Steglitz49

            Almost 30 years ago, Vic Akers, the kit manager for the Gunners, persuaded their boardroom to support a ladies side. Arsenal were never overly generous but put money into the venture.

            About a dozen years ago, an 18 year old Marta joined Umeå. She helped them retain the Champions League. Umeå played in three other finals, losing by the narrowest of margins, including against Arsenal Ladies.

            In 2005 Man Utd closed their women’s team down. In 2009 the same fate almost befell Chelsea but John Terry stepped in and rescued them. A couple of years later, Jean-Michel Aulas started to put money into Lyon’s ladies team and the results followed.

            In 2013 Man City cut a deal with the FA. Man City took under its wings a female team that had played in replica kits of City’s men. the quid pro quo was that this team went straight into the FAWSL 1.

            In case you had not noticed, today WoSo in EU is the playground of the rich men’s teams. Man City is in the QF of the Champions League and their chances of reaching the SF are good. Only 2 teams in the QF are veritable minnows: Rosengård and Hjörring. The others are the ladies of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Lyon, PSG and the Shewolves.

            Meanwhile, at the end of the 2016 season Umeå was relegated out of Damallsvensakn. RIP, WoSo?

          • guest

            too bad he can’t do the same with the lyon men’s team.

          • Steglitz49

            Why bite the hand that feeds WoSo?

            Let’s turn it around and ask: why does Real madrid not start a ladies team? Why does Man Utd not restart their ladies team?

            Snide remarks seem par for the course of WoSo.

        • Som Termanni

          It’ll still be fun if PSG signs Crystal Dunn, though. Dunn seems dead set on haunting Morgan for the rest of her career.

      • Arcie Tillydee

        I don’t see an obvious path there to improving her game, either…or at least not one she couldn’t have pursued in Orlando (given that she may have had some legit influence over who got brought in to play alongside her, etc. I think Sermanni still supports the notion of a more-technical approach (than is generally the case with US soccer), and where else would Morgan be looking to add to her game?

        It’s smart of her to want to add a deeper technical and analytic side to her play (if her motivation isn’t purely financial after all, which I still suspect it is), as there will come a point not too far in the future when she won’t be able to rely on skinning defenders with pace. But I’d prefer that she be a part of the effort to advance those areas in the US. Both the USWNT and the NWSL are in need of speeding up the transition away from pure athleticism/fitness, an area in which we no longer hold an overwhelming advantage.

        • Steglitz49

          Lyon face the Shewolves at the end of March. If they win that encounter, they will probably play Man City in their SF. In the Final, should they get there, anything goes.

          I can see Alex being tempted by that menu, quite apart from spending time in France and being paid for the pleasure.

          Katie Stengel helped Bayern Munich ladies to success. Now it may be Alex’s turn to do likewise.

        • DNG

          Her movement in OL’s offense is actually something I think she can work on while she is playing there. However, I think she will still be limited by her base set of skills which isn’t likely to change much at all. Morgan will never be a technically gifted player and I doubt Morgan will transition well when those athletic gifts leave her. I predict she does not stick around as long as Lloyd is planning to. That is part of the reason I don’t blame her at all for leaving. Like you said she has a finite amount of time to maximize her earning potential.

          • kernel_thai

            What I hope she gets out of this is becoming a more proactive part of the offense than a reactive one. Lyon will reward her movement off the ball with insightful pass and will give her a chance to cultivate her own passing game instead of having to be the first option to score.

          • necron99

            I am confused on what you mean by proactive vs reactive? Can you explain?

            You mention movement off of the ball but Morgan already makes runs off the ball on both the USWNT and Pride. She used to pass more in the box for the USWNT and definitely forces things on the Pride, so I can see that part. Lyon’s style and players will definitely allow and expect her to cycle the ball around more in the final third to create the best scoring opportunities.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex Morgan is in Lyon to master the art of the French kitchen and their WoSo.

            Lesse mortals go and play in Australia in their off season. Alex ploughs her own furrow. The soccer field is a meadow that she tills to her heart’s content. Long may it last!

          • #1Fan

            USWNT are not satisfied with her run quality. They constantly show her film of a French player and ask her to study it. This way she gets to do it first hand. 🙂

          • Ethan

            I didn’t think Morgan forced things for the Pride last season. With the primary exception of that breakaway against Houston, she was very willing to set up teammates and did so. Now, for the USWNT, she definitely took a number of shots that she shouldn’t have.

          • DNG

            Most of her runs off the ball have the same goal of trying to get in behind or on the end of a cross. I’m looking to see some more variety from her. For example moving with the purpose of pulling a CB out of position before exploiting the vacated space with a good combination or pass herself.

            This is a good example of something I want to see from Morgan more often and something I think Press and Horan currently do better. It didn’t look like she actually meant to pass this ball to Heath but assuming she had this is a good play by Morgan. Heath gets a demerit too for not laying that ball across the 6 to Moe

            https://youtu.be/4BWKufOIeQs?t=1597

          • necron99

            Morgan has always made runs to pull defenders out of shape not expecting to get the ball. Her movement in the 2012 Olympic finals gave Lloyd the chance for her second goal. I would not say she is the world’s best at it by any stretch. One of the biggest problems is the USWNT hold the ball too long wasting most of Press, Dunn, Morgan, whoever’s runs. I don’t think many of the players move off of the ball enough. They also seem to do less of it as the game goes on, perhaps not from fatigue but frustration from their movement never being rewarded. Hell at the Olympics the midfield barely moved to create different passing options for the backline, causing the backline to just pass it back and forth.

            For the USWNT Press actually stands around watching the ball far more often then Morgan. She waits for the ball to be played and then reacts and moves towards it. This has served her well cleaning up plays to score, but it has also wasted many other players movement or passes. This is why kernal_thai’s reactive comment confused me. Morgan is moving more proactively.

            Either way you or I see it, we are both hoping to see Morgan learn more variety and quality of movement and passing from her time at OL.

          • DNG

            Morgan’s runs to pull defenders out of shape throughout her career have been off the shoulder and through channels. Dunn is very similar to Morgan. Those types of runs are necessary to stretch the defense at times but ineffective against an athletic defender that is expecting them or a team that sits deep in their defensive shape. They are very effective against teams like Germany and Japan who don’t have the speed at the back to recover on counters and generally hold a high line. However, when a team like Sweden elects to sit deep like they did in Rio, direct runs in behind don’t actually create any space or exploit the space behind the offside trap. Dunn still managed to be very effective because she is also a 1v1 specialist out wide in space. In spite her goal I thought Morgan struggled to find a way through the crowded spaces against Sweden.

            While making forward runs is one way to tug on a defensive shape I believe a forward dropping into the hole is also one and key to unlocking certain defenses. Press’ “standing around” is often sitting in a pocket of space or a soft space in a defensive shape that she is trying to exploit. Because Press can receive the ball there and turn/pass off quickly.,CBs are then forced to come up to mark her. If they don’t, Press can turn with the ball and run or play a good pass to break open a defense. Poor competition not withstanding I saw Press doing this effectively a lot in the past 5 friendlies. You can see this on Heath and Dunn’s goals against Romania. If Morgan can add some of this to her game I think she and the team will really benefit from it.

            I agree that the midfield(Brian, Long, and Lloyd?) didn’t work hard enough to get open but the other side of that coin is that the defenders were all reluctant to take space given to them and pass the ball forward. The CBs passing back and forth and refusing to dribble the ball into space was a big reason the ball always seemed to be stuck at the back. Defensive issues with Long aside these last few friendlies, you can easily see the difference in her passing at the back vs Sauerbrunn/Johnston/Engen/Sonnett. Long is much more adept a picking out vertical passes between poles that can break lines. Once the ball got to them in the midfield Sullivan and Brian were able to move it along quickly.

            Also, what you see as players holding onto the ball to long I usually see as a player chosing not to attempt a low percentage pass(long high cross into traffic for example). That doesn’t mean I don’t think players sometimes hold onto the ball too long occasionally(Heath), but I think that it is over criticized. I think that quite often when Brian, Heath, Long or whoever hold onto the ball or pass it backwards it’s usually because there are no good options to pass forward.

          • kernel_thai

            Which is what I was getting at with proactive vs reactive. What u see a lot of the time is a player does something and the other player reacts to it and does something. What I expect to see with Lyon is Morgan being expected to make certain runs with the play makers know what is is coming and making the pass in anticipation of those runs.

        • #1Fan

          we still hold the same advantage we always did there . its a numbers, diet and opportunity advantage. I dont think the US is pure athleticism either. I also dont think its purely technical, unless you include , and this is hard to put in words, collective and individual game IQ as technical. Ill give an example. An athletic but not overly technical player on a team with players who know how to release her into space can be devastating against everyone. Especially IF that athlete knows ho to time runs and when NOT to run into blind alleys. There is a fascination with technique here that I think misses the essence of the issue ( for me) . In the US the game is essentially taught from scratch ion a formal environment. That is not recipe for technical competence . it is a recipe for players copying what other successful, player do in practice. we dont watch the game at a high level, we dont copy the greats and we dont devote enough time to doing things that will create the basis for all around great players.

          • Steglitz49

            At some point the numbers advantage must peter out. We can argue about whether it does so at 80m or 45m or 9.5m or 5m, but at some point the excess just generates noise in the system.

            Ball-skills, acceleration and vision (what you call soccer IQ) characterize the truly great. A girl &/or young lady can practice ball-skills on her won. Acceleration she either has or does not though it can be honed.

            Vision, knowing when to pass and when to dribble or shoot, is the hardest to teach, though, again, some have it with their mother’s milk.

        • necron99

          It is hard to play more a technical attacking game without players to play it with.

          Sermanni could want to play the most possession and pass oriented style ever imagined, but he is limited by the players he has on the field.

          The MF in Lyon will give her opportunities that the Pride MF never could.

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Agreed…thus my comment that she’d need to work with Sermanni and the Pride FO to find the right players to pursue that sort of game. Yes, that’s essentially already in place at Lyon…but it’s do-able for Orlando, IMO. The right trades/draft picks could get them on the right track. They’re not likely to pry Tobin Heath (for example) away from the Thorns, but picking up someone like Rose Lavelle would have been a good start.

          • necron99

            So whenever the Pride with a bit improved MF runs into a Thorns with Henry, Heath, Horan, etc. Which team is more likely to be controlling possession and connecting passes?

            It is definitely a bigger challenge for Morgan to win the league with the Pride then to play for OL. But that doesn’t mean it grows her game at all. That is outside her control. It is partially outside of the Pride’s control.

            Players around the world are willing to take paycuts to play for the Thorns. The lost Vero Boquette and reloaded with Henry. Think about that.

          • Arcie Tillydee

            Oh, I think about that all the time, actually…usually while plotting (in my head…for some strange reason the FO hasn’t brought me in as a consultant!) how to get another world-class player on the roster. =P

            I think I’d argue that Morgan would grow more in the situation you describe above than she will playing maybe two genuinely competitive matches a season in league play. She’ll get more growth in team scrimmages (not an unimportant consideration, I admit) than she does playing any team but PSG in that league.

          • necron99

            I agree that the league games at OL will not be of the same level as the NWSL other than PSG, and on a very rare day MHSC or Juvisy. But she will be learning a new way to play and think about the game. She will be the square peg learning to fit in, instead of the team building around and differing to her. She will have to get better and adapt to be chosen to play vs PSG especially now that OL lost the first head to head game. The same is true of the CL games. That will be true growth, or perhaps failure.

          • #1Fan

            True but what about all the time with the USWNT midfield ?

          • DNG

            Despite the way they have attempted to play over the last year, I’d argue that there are not that many great possession players on the USWNT. Heath, Brian, Long, Sullivan(ACL) and Horan(Rapinoe?). Many of those I mentioned would be average in a true possession team like Japan. The USWNT is not a team focused on making combinations with every player all over the field, it is a team who starts players that have to actively seek those combinations out with one another. I personally think Morgan needs to work on her movement around and in the box and anticipation of what’s going on around. The Soccer IQ stuff so to speak.

          • necron99

            You mean that awesome USWNT midfield that everyone here is always praising. Hehehe… yeh right. And with that midfield she tied for the goal lead this year. And had he most goals against top 10 teams, doubling the next player.

            I don’t think Morgan was great this year. I don’t think any player was particularly great this year. The coaching, tactics, and formation did not do the team any favors. The midfield based on all of the above as well as player ability did not do any favors to any of the forwards.

      • Steglitz49

        Alex can partner with Ada up top — the AA of WoSo.

        Should Lyon trade Ada to get money, there are enough attakers to play with.

    • GT

      Both.

      • rkmid71

        Agree. Though I think Morgan could and perhaps should have highlighted that both were factors in her decision, not just the stuff about working on elements of her game, important step in evolution as player. It’s good that she highlights that Orlando still matters, and that she’ll be back well before season is over to help, new stadium, etc. She rarely gets this PR stuff wrong.

    • anon

      why not? You figure she probably has less than 4 years of international playing time left in a best case scenario (I predict she will retire after 2020 OG) so why not make that money while she can?

      • #1Fan

        I agree 100%

      • Arcie Tillydee

        I have no problem with Morgan chasing the bigger payday. What I’m less thrilled about is her attempts to claim that that’s not her motivation. I don’t buy it. I’d prefer she’d simply stated something like “Lyon made a great offer…this is a business decision.” But starry-eyed tweens probably wouldn’t like that answer…

        Not criticizing that business decision, though. A pro athletes window of opportunity isn’t open long…and one catastrophic injury can close it in an instant.

        • guest

          yep.. look at Pinoe. A year ago she was still the top choice at flank and was one of the most highly praised WC stars along with JJ and Lloyd. Now she is an afterthought and probably going to get pink slipped soon. Somehow still managed to get on that OG roster though…

          • Steglitz49

            Played for Lyon in the first year of the NWSL and turned up for the 2nd half for Seattle, who had a dreadful season.

            At least Alex waited 4 seasons before she took Lyon’s €uros.

          • rkmid71

            I’m curious whether Hope Solo turns up for anyone in 2017. She’s been strangely silent. Even without her USWNT contract, that seems out of character. I can’t see her just calling it quits even if she knows it’s highly unlikely she’ll ever have another chance on the USWNT.

          • Steglitz49

            She could always offer to play for the club where she cut her teeth, to wit Göteborg in Sweden.

            Or, she could give her old friend Lotta Schelin a bell and see if there isa nything on offer at Rosengård. After all, they are in the Champions League QF.

          • Guest

            if she plays again it will be abroad.

        • kernel_thai

          I don’t think it’s about the Euros tho it still may be about business. Excellent opportunity to expand the brand in Europe.

        • guest

          we have heard this before. the uswnt players do it all for the kids.

    • Steglitz49

      The current Lyon squad includes these strikers: Bremer, Cascarino, Ada Hegerberg, Le Sommer, Thomi.

      In addition, their MF is not half bad either with Abily, Lavogez, Majri, Marozsan, Seger, and Kumagai, who has been playing both DM and pure defense.

      The rest is — Bouhaddi, Nayler ; Houara d’Hommeaux, Mbock, Renard and Petit, though Renard may be moving on.

      Quite apart from the QoL in Lyon, having these as your team-mates must be quite fun.

    • dw

      With USWNT strike looming, of course…

      • rkmid71

        Strike? Or simply the contract expires Dec 31? I would expect USWNTPA to try to extend the existing CBA/MOU month to month (essentially maintaining the status quo and minimizing USSF looking at new players) while they continue to negotiate. Whether USSF agrees to that is another question. There are some principles (like more open competition for spots) that must be changed from the past. Also I would change how they get paid for NWSL work, with clubs having more power. I suppose it depends on how far apart they are and whether any progress is being made. Per Sauerbrunn’s last utterings a couple weeks ago, they are still far apart.

        • kernel_thai

          The drop dead date may be SBC at the end of Feb. For the USSF to lock them out on Jan 1 they would have to believe that the loss of two months pay would make the union fold. I doubt that very much and doubt the USSF believes that either. There is certainly no reason for the union to strike before that date when they could have two meaning less months of adding to the strike war chest. If nothing happens by SBC then I guess the next meaningful date for both sides is the start of the NWSL season in April.

          • rkmid71

            I don’t think the USSF wants the union to fold. Perhaps a change of union members would be preferred more receptive to the changes viewed as critical to the growth and future success of the USWNT (i.e. TEAM) than certain individual current members.

      • Steglitz49

        The USSF holds the whip. They may not bother with carrots in this negotiation. The USWNT members may simply have to bend over and take it like men.

  • Steglitz49

    End of first para — the final of the ladies Champions League is on June 1st.

    One would assume that Alex would like to not only play should Lyon get that far but also take part in any celebrations and festivities in Lyon. If Lyon win, they equal Frankfurt’s 4 titles, cause of celebrations, verily.

  • GT

    I think Alex has to do what is in her own best interest (obviously), but by the same token it does not show the level of commitment to the NWSL and woso in America that we had hoped. Especially since the Pride had made a significant accommodation for her to play in Orlando. Admittedly a difficult line to walk. In the end, I don’t think this will have a significant impact on the NWSL, unless a number of USWNT players “follow suit”.

    • Steglitz49

      Alex has loyally played in all 4 seasons of the NWSL. She did not swan off like some of her colleagues during the first season, neither did she check out for the WC-15 season, nor miss any semifinals because of a wedding.

      Alex Morgan is the real McCoy. Beware of inferior immitations.

    • USMNTfan4life

      As I stated in another post, this does not bode well for the NWSL. It brings back issues when David Beckham came to my team, the LA Galaxy. His tenure there was marked by irritating loans (during MLS seasons) to Euro teams because his national team manager would not consider him if he played in MLS. It made the Galaxy, MLS and the Commissioner look weak and unable to do anything about it.

      The same is true for the NWSL, the Pride and their owner, and the league’s commissioner. On the whole, a bad deal for everyone not named Alex Morgan.

      • CED

        Simply, the structure of the league with allocations is asinine. The teams don’t pay players so they have no control over them. It’s asinine you can trade the farm for a player and on they can under the old deal can go play internationally for 2 of any 4 years cycle. Players can chose not to show up for a playoff game and a team has no recourse b/c they don’t pay them. Players can be pulled from the team for friendlies against tomato cans in non FIFA windows and there is nothing teams can do. It’s a mickey mouse structure of a league.

        • GT

          True, but at the same time most have attributed this structure to the survival of this league for 4 years going into their fifth, as the prime contributor. We hear people say that this is the right “business model’ to keep costs under control. In the end, we need higher attendance numbers to bring in the TV money resulting in higher salaries to keep all the Americans here and bring in the best talent in the world. It would appear more MLS ownerships of existing teams combined with a few new well chosen markets (perhaps LA, NYC, San Jose, Salt Lake City etc.) is the only path to that long term goal.

    • mockmook

      She works for the USWNT, not for the Pride.

      But, the USWNT’s CBA is about to expire — so, it is logical that she is looking for work in this very uncertain situation.

  • SEM

    Well, this was the worst kept secret in Women’s soccer. Can’t help but wonder if more are going to follow. Since the Nat team doesn’t have any major tournaments anytime soon I’m sure more will play overseas. They can earn more money, develop their skills and then come back when they are needed. Goes to show that the NWSL still has a long ways to go…

    • #1Fan

      WoSo has a long way to go. this is not an NWSL commentary. Its a money commentary. Just like Chlesea once Abramovich decided this was a hobby, and not a business- money talks.

      • DNG

        To be fair clubs are still very much a toy for rich owners in men’s football too and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The UEFA fair play rules did nothing but increase the gap between the big clubs and the rest.

        • #1Fan

          Not at all . I think you are miles off.there. Mens soccer is followed by billions around the world. The fact that rich owners compete at the top in some cases is fine, but that does not stop Arsenal or Bayern and others also being in the mix. Or Leicester winning the PL. Its by no means a rich mans toy , just because rich men have bought clubs. Egos will drive things that are desirable and the game is desirable becasue of the sheer passion it generates. WoSo is a million miles from that.

          • DNG

            Leicester winning the PL was nothing short of a miracle(so many things had to go right for them) and their owner is a billionaire that help fund them and bring them up to the first division. Arsenal and Bayern are largely exceptions many clubs have a lot of debt.

          • #1Fan

            you miss my point. The billionaires are buying teams becasue they love the sport and the prestige that goes with it . WoSo cannot compare to that.

          • DNG

            That is what I meant when I said “Toy” although perhaps that is not the best comparison. Owners like Abramovich aren’t buying teams and trying to run them like a successful business. What they care about is the prestige. The UEFA fair play rules have somewhat forced him to run it more like a business but that won’t ever be what he cares about most. He as much as said there are a lot easier ways to make a lot of money. City’s ownership at least seams like they are investing in their brand all around the world.

          • #1Fan

            on LCFC and the premier league – in hindsight is a team with Mahrez, Kante, Vardy Schmeicel winning a miracle? Or is the miracle a bigger team NOT identifying the talent? Whatever ti is, the player pol is so deep and competitive that smaller clubs can still have decent teams and good players. The Budesliga has a 51pct rule. I dont think there are any Billionaires involved there and yet they have produce many manyy good teams. The TV money in the PL makes a sustainable , profitable team very possible. LCFC did not outspend revenue. You cant judge the game , by the 10 or so high profile teams.

          • DNG

            It was a miracle. Besides the fact that they were incredibly lucky their players carried good form though out the whole year and didn’t suffer any significant injuries, I don’t think that team wins in another PL season though. Every top team had down years. Tottenham, for example, has more points at this point this year than they did last year and are a place worse in the standings. The Bundesliga is definitely different from other leagues because of the 51 pct rule but that’s one league across Europe. I didn’t accuse LCFC of outspending revenue. I believe I did read an article that they got significant fundraising from their owner though when they were in the second division not dissimilar to how PSG has injected money into their team through lucrative sponsorship deals tied to the owners money. Look at the situation in China. I am probably over generalizing though.

            http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2016/4/11/11406994/leicester-city-probably-cheated-financial-fair-play-and-wont-get-in

          • #1Fan

            but you suggested the the GAME is a toy. it isnt. It may be to the 10 mega clubs bit how many other clubs are there? It is a bad comparison to compare those Clubs to WoSo . With the TV money in the game you can run at a a very high level and make $$

          • DNG

            I didn’t mean imply that was the situation for the game as a whole. I was more talking about some of the most powerful owners and prominent teams that see it as such. I admitted that I was overgeneralizing.

          • #1Fan

            gotcha.

          • CED

            The PL sucks and has been in decline 6 or 7 years and continues now.

          • USMNTfan4life

            Does PL mean “Premier League?” Sorry, bad at acronyms. Why do you say that? Most of my friends are homers for the PL and its teams (Chelsea, Arsenal, etc.). Do you know if fans are not watching anymore, or in reduced numbers?

            That would be shocking for me to hear. Wow.

          • DNG

            He does mean the Premier League and from a financial stand point it is not in decline at all. CED is specifically talking about the quality of the teams.

          • Steglitz49

            Zlatan rules OK.

          • Steglitz49

            He is an ignorant peasant and uncouth with it. CED stands or Droll, Chief Executive of trolls.

          • CED

            Sorry your bitter after being embarrassed daily and your utter ignorance being displayed.

          • CED

            PL is in decline. Nobody takes any of their teams seriously if having any chance of winning UCL. They do horrible vs the other leagues top teams. La Liga ad Bundes are miles ahead. La Liga dominates Europe 5 of the last 8 UCL(3 in a row) and 5 of last 7 Europa League(3 in a row..4 of 5).
            People foolishly watch the low quality EPL. The style and teams are inferior. They overpay many mediocre players and other leagues literally think they are suckers as a place to sell players and they will overpay for mediocrity b/c they have more money then sense.

          • DNG

            Let’s just agree to disagree because I don’t see this conversation going anywhere productive from here.

      • dw

        You can’t have a talk about money and WoSo without NWSL being part of it. They are part of the problem not the solution. Take out the subsidized players and it’s a semi-pro league.

        • #1Fan

          not sure I understand. The US has decided to ignore mkt forces to “create” a league. The market has shown more than once that there is no viable mkt in the US for WoSo. The home of capitalism is not prepared to pay mkt prices to keep its best players

          • Steglitz49

            The USSF had no choice but to create a league. They were smart and made it a tridentine league of also Canada and Mexico, though the Mexicans might be forgiven for not seeing it that way.

          • CED

            Nonsense again.

        • necron99

          Comparing the NWSL and the rest of the world they are all semi-pro leagues. Only the top 3 clubs in Germany, France and Sweden have all of their players on paying contracts. And most of them have to work as well. Few players have the option of soccer as a full time job. There are articles galore from Euro discussing the hardships just as there are for the NWSL. Don’t believe the hype that Masar McLeod is selling. NWSL may not be much better but it is not the worst.

          • Steglitz49

            Hear hear! Verily and forsooth. Necron99 speaks the truth. Thank you.

          • Tyrion

            I don’t think that the point of Masar was only one being pro versus not being pro.

            It was more about spirit and dedication.

            Your points don’t prove that she is wrong

          • necron99

            She specifically talked about salaries and being able to be full time players, as well as facilities. I like Masar and have been following her since her WPS days. I am glad she has found a place to play that she is happy and feels respected, but Masar’s experience at FC Rosengard is not indicative of the rest of the Damallsvenskan or European leagues in general.

      • Steglitz49

        A bit of WoSo history:
        — in 2005 Man Utd closed down their women’s team against protest.
        — in 2009 Chelsea were going the same way, when John Terry stepped up to the plate, opened his wallet and batted for them. In 2015 Chelsea Ladies did the Double and this year the Queen gave their coach an award, that she personally pinned on her chest.
        — in 2015 England came 3rd in the ladies WC, beating their arch-rivals in the play-off game

    • Steglitz49

      They may not get any invitations. Alex is the mega-star of US WoSo. Maybe Crystal might get an offer from a club with money.

      Obviously, if they are prepared to lower their income, anything goes.

      • dw

        I don’t think you have any idea what their income will be like on Jan. 1.

        • Steglitz49

          They might be even cheaper for bargain basement clubs to acquire.

          Göteborg and Avaldsnes has stood many a US lady player in goos stead. They could always hawk their CVs to those two as a start. If they want northern latitudes there is Piteå and clubs in Iceland.

          • CED

            Your ignorance on full display proudly once again

          • Steglitz49

            Ignorance is bliss.

            Manners maketh man.

  • dw

    A few things:

    1) This will mean Alex will miss about a third of the NWSL season.

    2) Who knows if the deal was done prior to Lyon’s loss to PSG, or if the stakes got higher and Alex was able to get a bigger, better deal.

    3) Alex in is a much better position than any of us to know how CBA talks are going, how much she might or might not have been earning in the NWSL, etc…

    • Steglitz49

      #1 — who cares? The Orlando crowd failed their WoSo team. Where were they on match days? Sleeping it off? having it off?
      #2 — we shall never know, probably.
      #3 — your guess is as good as mine.

  • The Oracle

    Only thing that bothers me is that SHE JUST got to Orlando last year and she talked a big game about being a leader and growing the club. They traded a lot for her and she’s going to miss the first half of season. lol

    • kernel_thai

      Im not sure this doesn’t help Orlando. It’s not like they r going into the season as a title contender. This allows Sermanni to gel his team without Morgan and just add her in. I thought one of the problems Orlando had last year was it was too much about hoping Morgan could carry the team.

      • Steglitz49

        … and when Alex returns, the great unwashed will turn out in droves to see what all the fuzz was about?

      • mockmook

        Sure, every team should just leave their best player on the bench until a third of the season is done — it can only help them gel…

  • Ashley C

    Obviously French D1 isn’t as competitive as the NWSL but it gives her a different training environment, playing with different players and a chance at a CL trophy. Seems like they will be announcing Kadeisha Buchanan soon and Renard possibly leaving.

    It would be interesting to see if PSG signs anyone even though Lair seemed more interested in PSG finally focusing on development. Perhaps Ashley Lawrence and Crystal Dunn. I know PSG said it’s unlikely they will sign any Americans but I’d be curiousa about Dunn.

    • Bruce

      From what I’ve seen of PSG (which isn’t a whole lot), I would wonder if they would be comfortable with Dunn’s penchant for playing with the ball at her feet. She’s a tremendous talent, but doesn’t seem to fit at all with their style of play.

      • Steglitz49

        Lair’s reputation is for developing players as well as being successful. I suspect that with the Emir’s money he can pay enough to sign an exclusive contract, that is the player plays only for PSG and has no other gods.

    • Steglitz49

      If PSG wants to acquire players there are perfectly good ones within Europe and Frenchspeaking Africa.

      If they want a striker, there is Stina Blackstenius, and if the want a defender, there is Jessica Samuelsson, and that is just two possibles.

  • Bruce

    Wish her the best. Would not at all be surprised if things did not work out for her, though.

    • Steglitz49

      IOW, you are not wishing her the best. You want her to be damaged. You are a humbug, Sir.

      • guest

        isn’t this guy one of the annoying Pressgang…

        • Steglitz49

          I don’t think so. The High Priest of the Presseroni weas NYRick, who has been wise enough to keep a low profile, and his accolytes Reality and Newsouth. Maybe Bruce is one of them.

        • Bruce

          This guy states his opinion and puts his name on it, guest.

          • Steglitz49

            I did not quarrel with your opinion. It was the snide and backhanded way you handed it out that bothered me.

    • Guest

      What? IMO she has nothing to lose. She could get injured but that is probably more likely to happen in the nwsl.

      • laura

        she’s going to have to scrimmage against Buchanan.

        • Steglitz49

          Kadeisha needs to learn manners. She contributed decisvely to Canada’s loss in the OG SF.

        • Bruce

          Truth

          • Steglitz49

            Has it been announced that Buchanan is joining any Frnech club team? Rumor, yes; fact?

  • dw

    Do we know how many women have won a WWC, OG and UWCL? Mittag, Laudehr.. Any Americans?

    • Steglitz49

      The bummer is the OG, is it not?

    • #1Fan

      these “accoaldes” if you like are rather hollow given the tilted playing field.

      • dw

        Tilted towards what? Europe my best guess? Several Americans have had their shot. My research hasn’t found anyone else yet…

        • DNG

          Teams with the most resources have a significant advantage. She’s going to a team that is already favored to win it without her. I doubt the USWNT would have been a much worse team without her either. The biggest change at the WC was removing Wambach from the starting XI not Morgan getting healthy. Her finishing was terrible at the WC.

          • rkmid71

            I doubt the USWNT would be much worse without any one particular player. As has been stated many times, you could take a USWNT B team or C team and be among the best or top 10 NTs. It would be nice if we had stronger coaching and the coaches weren’t so hamstrung by a CBA in terms of player selection — and they actually select fit players. Holiday’s departure has had probably more impact than any forward could possibly have. At least the Holiday version that showed up in the 2015 WC semis and final.

          • DNG

            I agree with everything here.

          • Steglitz49

            Yes and no. A truth that is in want of modification.

          • Steglitz49

            In that case, why in 2016 did the USWNT have its worst season ever?

          • MrTemecula

            No Holiday.

          • Steglitz49

            315m Americans can’t be wrong. No adequate replacement for Lauren? Pull the other one!

          • MrTemecula

            Well that just proves how irreplaceable Lauren Holiday was. Moreover, claiming 2016 as the worst season ever after the team, technically, went undefeated is just hyperbole. There were victories over Germany, France, Japan, England and Canada. Was there any other national team that can claim that in 2016?

          • Chuck N

            How many teams did they beat in an away game in front of a foreign crowd?

          • MrTemecula

            I don’t know. I guess about 3 or 4 games. I can google it but you could do that, too. By your standard, then Germany did not have a successful season since they got beat on U.S. soil.

          • Chuck N

            Germany was terrible in 2016

          • Stina

            They almost won against Colombia and were able to get a draw against Sweden (with the help of the referees) in Brazil.

          • Steglitz49

            Touché!

          • Steglitz49

            A young Marta joined Umeå just before the start of their 2004 season. She helped them retain the Champions League. Playing for Umeå, a city of 100,000 inhabitants in the north of Sweden, Marta won 3 of her 5 POTY.

            This season Umeå was relegated from the Damallsvenskan. Of the stand alone ladies teams, only Potsdam and Frankfurt can mount reasonable squads. (Rosengård is formally part of a men’s club.)

      • Steglitz49

        Do we detect a touch of sour grapes?

        The NWSL never did send a team to the Women’s International Club Championship.

        • #1Fan

          do we detect another Steglitz attempt to read into things that are not there? Probably

          • Steglitz49

            Where do you want to start?

            The ladies World Cup. The unseemly behavior of the “Veterans” told you more than you needed to know. The other lasses ar called the “Golden generation”.

            The OG. Let’s forget about 2016 and 2000 was so long ago that maybe it did not happen?

            As for the Champions League, it says what it is: a league of Champions. Granted more like a home-&-away knockout, but never mind. On June 1st, we shall know who lifts that trophy.

    • Paul Klee

      Krieger

      • dw

        No OG win (although as alternate).

        • Paul Klee

          That’s right I always forget about 2012 injuries

    • Steglitz49

      If you regard the OG as a poor wo/man’s substitute for the WC, let’s try winners of the WC and Champions League? For Americans we can throw in the NWSL Championship and, if we want to be charitable, the Shield in lieu of the Championship?

  • QUEST1

    Why hasn’t Christen signed for a Europe team?

    • Jen

      Her and Tobin don’t want to live over there together.

      • Steglitz49

        Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England would not bat an eyelid, neither would France, Germany or Spain.

        • guest

          And Portland is the taco capital of the USA. What is your point?

          • Steglitz49

            It was a note to “Jen” that her reason does not matter in the pit of iniquity and cesspool that is EU WoSo.

          • guest

            The ladies can eat as many tacos as they want to in Portland with no judgment.

          • Steglitz49

            Indeed.

    • g

      Because her dad gives her all the money she wants.

    • Tom

      Not sure why she hasn’t bailed on Chicago yet. Probably because Portland cant get her and California has no team.

    • Steglitz49

      Been there, done that, forgot the tee-shirt.

    • Greg

      She is part of a social movement to save second class cizitizens

      • guest

        positive change must occur in the world so she can visit more five star resorts with Tobin Heath

    • Guest

      this is probably her one chance to get the starting forward job with morgan and dunn gone and lots of low pressure tomato can matches (where she excels…). she knows which side her bread is buttered.

      • Steglitz49

        Where is Dunn going? Is it known? Is it a rumor of rumor?

      • anon

        you are crazy. Carli Lloyd is the new starting forward. Sorry Christen.

  • Ron Rocha

    Also isn’t the hand writing on the wall playing into this equation? By her own admission “I think my strengths are getting in behind the back line and getting
    that first-time shot or just a touch and a shot,” Morgan said. “Evolving
    as a player, I want to be able to receive the ball in front of the back
    line and be able to turn and face up a defender and make those
    decisions as I’m running at defenders. I think this will be a great
    opportunity for me to evolve that part of my game” Are not many of the new faces already display these abilities? Press, Dunn, Pugh and others…?

    • kernel_thai

      To the extent that Morgan is seeing changes in the way the NT is looking to play and wants to better fit that system. But everyone is looking to improve somewhere. Press has been trying very hard to add to her game … Dunn has been a work in progress since they moved her up.

      • Steglitz49

        I think 2016 may have been Press’s silk cord, that she handed to herself.

      • #1Fan

        Changes it the way they are looking to play ? Or weaknesses in her own game? Either way its positive that she sees it. Morgan is NOT a well rounded forward. She is good at one trick that up to now is effective. I hope she evolves into more than what she has been and think she is brave to acknowledge it and try and improve. Not that it matters, but she has gone up in my estimation today.

        • Steglitz49

          You type that “She is good at one trick” — and thereby reveal your lack of understanding of soccer.

          Alex Morgan’s most famous goal is a header.
          Her goal against Italy in 2010 was scored with her weaker right foot.
          Alex’s WC-11 coming out party was spoilt by the Nadeshiko who would not concede but battled on to claim the silverware.

          After 4 years sterling service to the NWSL — unlike some of her colleagues — Alex now goes to work on extending her repertoire. Good luck to her but unlike you this typist does not consider Alexandra the Great a one trick pony.

          • #1Fan

            you type and reveal it ALL the time . Her trick is the ability to get in behind defenders. Not sure what the rest of your post has to do with the point I made, but fairly typical for you.

          • Steglitz49

            Which of Alex’ “one tricks” do you select? Her header? Her speed? He feet? Her assists?

          • #1Fan

            being a one trick pony does not mean you cant score a header or a volley or make a pass or that you are slow. The women herself pretty much admits it. But no…steglitz knows better.

          • Steglitz49

            Alex speaks spin-doctor phrases. It is all scripted by some PR-agent for one of her big sponsors or even by her own agent. It is simply flannel. Blamange.

            All top athletes, independent of their sport, seek to improve their performance. They are never satisfied. Stenmark for all his success still maintains that he never skied a perfect race. The same goes for all of them.

            Will 5 months with Lyon improve Alex? We shall see. In the meanwhile, snide remarks strengthen her case.

          • USMNTfan4life

            I think this move is good for Alex, but not for the NWSL. The league continues to be a second choice and afterthought for members of the WNT. This is not a good thing for the league to trumpet. It resembles the whole David Beckham saga, of how he repeatedly went on loans during the MLS season, and brought on negative feelings for Galaxy fans. It made the team, league and its commissioner look like fools. The same is true with this Morgan “loan.”

            Lyon and women’s French league fans are not going to watch the NWSL because Morgan once played for Lyon. That is a load of crap, and wishful thinking.

            This does not look good for WoSo, the NWSL and its fans. I believe Morgan took this load because the CBA between the WNTPA and the USSF is not going well. There could be a strike, and a shift in WNT talent going to Europe. So, on the whole, this portends for worse things to come for the NWSL. Not a good sign.

          • Steglitz49

            I bet Alex’s pay-check is a lot larger than any of her WNT colleagues could hope to demand, even Carli.

            Now Alex has to return the favor. Lyon expects every lass to do not just her duty but more. Nelson may have been a womanizer who snuffed it in his greatest victory but Alex will need to keep that trophy in Lyon — like an 18 year old Marta did 13 years earlier for Umeå. If you are into numerology, Alex favors #13.

          • guest

            Actually, Morgan said the CBA negotiations are going well. This Lyon move is a quick money grab for her (probably the last time she will ever be able to do it – she is currently child-free, still in relatively good form, and at this moment able to command the highest possible salary).

          • Steglitz49

            She has to say that the CBA negotiations are going well.

            That the money and fringe benefits are good for her in Lyon, we have no reason to doubt. She in turn must deliver the goods. Marta did it 13 years ago for Umeå when she was 18. Alex is a bit older but likes #13.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is NOT a well rounded forward. Christen Press is an one trick pony: tomato cans (PUR, THA, ROU).

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press is NOT a well rounded forward. Christen Press is an one trick pony: tomato cans.

        • kernel_thai

          While true it’s also true the US doesn’t have a well rounded forward and it’s hard to name too many in Woso at all.

          • guest

            BLASPHEMY. HOW DARE YOU. christen press is the BEST and MOST WELL ROUNDED forward. Morgan is going to Lyon to BE CHRISTEN PRESS!

          • kernel_thai

            I apologize.

          • DNG

            Sinclair is a well rounded forward and one of the best ever. Outside of speed I’d say Horan is a pretty well rounded forward although now she has not played forward in close to a years time. Press is fairly well rounded being both fast and above average technically even if lacks arial ability and the strength to be a lone striker.

          • Steglitz49

            Press’s achilles heel is that she can’t score when it matters.

          • mockmook

            For the USA, I’d add Pugh and Dunn to “well rounded”

            But, there isn’t any one (in the USA) who is “great” in all aspects.

            Perhaps, Jordan can be the “one”

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press is NOT a well rounded forward. Christen Press is an one trick pony: tomato cans.

          • One of a Kind

            Nice to see you’re still trolling almost half a year after I last came to this site. When will you give up this sad obsession with Christen Press?

          • Steglitz49

            That is an interesting question. He is no longer triggered only by praise of Christen but also by criticism of certain other players.

            Seeing that he can carry on quite lucid discussions on other topics, maybe the solution is to phrase comments with extra care so as not to trigger these hyperallergic reactions.

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press sucks, dumbass.

            Christen Press
            2016 Summer Olympic Games
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            Christen Press
            2016 Rio Olympics
            12 Aug 2016
            USA 1 SWE 1
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

            Christen Press
            2016 Rio Olympics
            09 Aug 2016
            USA 2 COL 2
            Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1
            Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

            rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press sucks, dumbass.

            Friday, 11 Mar 2016
            Morgan, Solo and the USA Sweep Awards at 2016 SBC
            ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/03/160309-wnt-v-ger/160309-wnt-vs-ger-gallery20.jpg?h=559&w=800&la=en&hash=B1A7B6E0C01C796F4C31CF422F0CC370A4D5CF89&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            ussoccer.com/stories/2016/03/11/13/17/160311-wnt-morgan-solo-and-the-usa-sweep-awards-at-2016-shebelieves-cup

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press sucks, dumbass.

            Sunday, 21 Feb 2016
            TSG announces CWOQ Best XI, Awards
            ussoccer.com/v~13.17/~/media/images/wnt/gallery-images/2016/02/160221-wnt-v-can/photo-gallery/160221-wnt-vs-can-photo-gallery19.jpg?h=600&w=786&la=en&hash=BF5ABEEA5BE7034EF13FA4F320F9E7BB8E549331&yocs=6_&yoloc=us

            concacaf.com/article/tsg-announces-cwoq-best-xi-awards

            By the way, Christen Press is not on the list.

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

          • HOFCToDi

            Christen Press sucks, dumbass.

            Christen Press has yet to score a goal versus a FIFA Top 12 Ranked opponent in calendar year 2016.

            Christen Press has yet to provide an assist versus a FIFA Top 12 Ranked opponent in calendar year 2016.

            Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

            4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
            78 caps
            2 head coaches

            Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

            garbage time
            prima donna
            selfish shot hog
            tomato cans

        • HOFCToDi

          You truly are a blithering idiot.

          USWNT Career
          FIFA Top 10 Ranked Opponents
          USWNT Goals Scored

          Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 34
          Leroux (DOB 07 May 1990) – 8
          Press (DOB 29 Dec 1988) – 3

          Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

          4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
          78 caps
          2 head coaches

          Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

          garbage time
          prima donna
          selfish shot hog
          tomato cans

        • HOFCToDi

          You truly are a worthless troll.

          Christen Press is NOT a well rounded forward. Christen Press is an one trick pony: tomato cans.

          Christen Press
          2016 Summer Olympic Games
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 6, Shots on Goal 1
          Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

          Christen Press
          2016 Rio Olympics
          12 Aug 2016
          USA 1 SWE 1
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 2, Shots on Goal 0
          Penalty Kicks Attempted 1, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

          rio2016.com/en/football-womens-quarterfinal-fb-3

          Christen Press
          2016 Rio Olympics
          09 Aug 2016
          USA 2 COL 2
          Goals 0, Assists 0, Shots Attempted 4, Shots on Goal 1
          Penalty Kicks Attempted 0, Penalty Kicks Converted 0

          rio2016.com/en/football-womens-first-round-group-g-fb-5

          Christen Press is the quintessential international fraud.

          4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
          78 caps
          2 head coaches

          Christen Press has cemented her legacy with the USWNT:

          garbage time
          prima donna
          selfish shot hog
          tomato cans

    • Steglitz49

      Press = new face? How do you define “new”?

      • Ron Rocha

        Two Ways: New as in coming to a more prominent position and new as at my age any face is new.

        • Steglitz49

          I put it to you that 2016 may not have been the end but it probably was the beginning of the end.

          • USMNTfan4life

            In terms of what? NWSL? Morgan’s time as the face of the WNT?

          • Steglitz49

            2016 is a year that the USWNT would prefer for the American people to forget.

            At least in 2012 Japan reached the OG final (where a more aware ref would have stood them in good stead). In 2016 the USWNT bombed out in the QF, the worst result in a major tournament for the USWNT ever. Not even close to the Double they expected to waltz off with.

            The Face that Ron Rocha refers to is #23’s not #13’s.

          • Tom F

            2016 is the year where Jill Ellis self indulged a bit with starting the likes of Pugh and the horror of Horan. It she didn’t win the previous WC, her ass would of been canned. Remember too all the retirements & family/maternity leaves came after winning the WC with Haliday, Wambach, O’Reilly, Leraux, & Rodriguez gone
            I do believe Ellis has rectified the situation a bid with add on’s like Williams, Ohai , McDonald, Dalhkemper. Only time will tell,though, but still feel the US is the most powerful team in the world as #2 Jones(GE)is having growing pains and France doesn;t want to let go of their golden generation,even though they’ve had a couple of excellent youth squads in the last couple of u20 WC’s

          • Steglitz49

            The world next meets in 2019. Next year the Europeans lock horns. That will give us a inkling.

          • mockmook

            Just to be pedantic:

            GE is the country of Georgia

            DE is Germany (or GER, if you prefer three letters)

          • mockmook

            Only the absence of Holiday (from your list) was significant.

            And, I don’t count Pugh and Horan as negatives (though I question Horan as a deep mid).

          • Steglitz49

            JE won WC-15 and became POTY.

            McDonald and Dahlkemper are irrelevant.

            I understand neither France nor Germany.

    • #1Fan

      so Morgan HERSELF says what some here have denied for a long time.

    • guest

      you have to be able to dribble with the ball to do that.

  • Guest

    Great move for Alex. There is literally zero risk in her going overseas and playing for a club like Lyon. Even if she fails, it won’t harm her game or hurt her brand. All the best to her.

    • Movement

      It’ll be interesting to see how she performs in Europe.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzPgj6kfEfA&t=25s

      • Timber Dave

        With Morgan disappearing for half the NWSL season, that trade is looking better and better for the Thorns.

        • Steglitz49

          What does Orlando get out of lending Alex to Lyon? Or the USWNT? Is there a financial kick-back for them?

          • southbayfan

            Of course not. How would that work?

          • mockmook

            Why can’t it work — just like a transfer fee?

          • mockmook

            There is no loan. She only has to answer to the USSF (her employer) in this matter.

            Assuming the MOU continues, USWNT players are allowed to play for a year (or maybe it is two) in leagues other than the NWSL.

            And, of course, if the CBA/MOU expires without a replacement, then she is truly a free agent.

    • Helenjthompson

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  • #1Fan

    I agree. It was a rhetorical question

  • newsouth

    she’s going to a 2 team league where she was score a wicked number of goals. fanboys will christen her the greatest in the galaxy.

    • Guest

      kind of like EQ fanboys when Christen Press scores hat tricks against tomato cans

  • guest

    if lyon doesn’t win the 2017 champions league title does that mean alex morgan is an international club team fraud?

    • Steglitz49

      Wolfsburg has added Pernille Harder to their squad.

      Last season’s final between Lyon and the Shewolves went to a pso, which Lyon won.

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