Injured Morgan Brian out of USWNT camp

The Equalizer Staff March 27, 2017 66
A knee injury has taken Morgan Brian out of the upcoming USWNT camp. (Photo copyright Steve Bruno)

A knee injury has taken Morgan Brian out of the upcoming USWNT camp. (Photo copyright Steve Bruno)

The knee injury suffered by Morgan Brian during the SheBelieves Cup will keep her from joining the United States for its camp that opens later this week and the two friendlies against Russia on April 6 and 9.

On March 17, the Houston Chronicle‘s Corey Roepken reported that Brian tweaked her MCL during the U.S.’s 3-0 loss to France in the closing match of the SheBelieves Cup. In two Dash preseason matches Brian has yet to take the field. She will remain in Houston to continue her recovery with the club.

Brian will not be replaced in U.S. camp which will now number 23 players. Head coach Jill Ellis will select 18 to dress for the matches which are in Frisco and Houston respectively. Click here to see the full roster. Just don’t forget to take out Morgan Brian

  • Gary Diver

    I hope ten years from now Morgan Brian is not known mostly for her injury history.

    Isn’t a 18-player roster smaller than Ellis usually suits up for a match? Maybe if players are not going to see the field, it is best for them to be with their NWSL team.

    • Steglitz49

      Moe Brian has won the world cup. There are not too many who have done that. She also has two Hermann trophies. That is another rare honor.

      Moe got engaged this year on Valentine’s day. She will be 27 when OG-20 rolls around, the same age as Lauren Holiday when she quit. Heck, if Moe stepped on it, she could have a baby and be back for WC-19.

    • Movement

      Don’t worry.
      Moee Brian will be back.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnNq1Ekos_c

    • mockmook

      18 players isn’t that unusual.

      Also, for friendlies, I think these numbers are negotiated with whatever team you are playing.

    • DNG

      18 player game day roster is normal.

  • newsouth

    definitely not the most sturdy player

  • HOFCToDi

    The USMNT’s demolition of Honduras showed just how bad Klinsmann was at his job

    http://www.sbnation.com/soccer/2017/3/25/15058216/usa-vs-honduras-2018-world-cup-qualifying-jurgen-klinsmann

    “Well …… playing for a bad tactician for five years is exhausting. The players figured out he didn’t know what he was doing in 2013, then had to keep playing for him for three more years. At some point, you can’t talk yourself into giving your all for an incompetent manager anymore, especially when his incompetence is making your job harder.”

    Jill Ellis is the Jurgen Klinsmann of the women’s program, a snake oil salesman.

    • newsouth

      Copy and Paste Propaganda Man…

      american soccer players are 3rd-tier athletes.

      #Truth

      • HOFCToDi

        newsouth is the biggest moron on planet Earth.

        #Truth

      • HOFCToDi

        Beam yourself back to planet Imbecile.

        #Truth

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    • kernel_thai

      Hopefully we don’t have to wait the full five years.

      • HOFCToDi

        Three years have been long enough with Jill Ellis.

        #FireJillEllis

    • Steglitz49

      Jürgen Klinsmann won the WC as a player not as coach. It was Jürgen’s assistant who won it: Jogi Löw.

      JE won the WC as coach.

      Yeehaw!

      • rkmid71

        Yeehaw maybe for rest of world. I think HOFC is unfortunately on the money with this one. The USMNT has no margin for error. They can’t afford a bad coach. They need a great coach. In contrast, the USWNT can still win regardless of the coach, but it makes it no less exhausting.

        • HOFCToDi

          Jill Ellis + Allie Long + 3-5-2 = debacle

          #FireJillEllis

          • Steglitz49

            #FireTheFireman?

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          HOFCToDI is frequently on the money. If he did not go off on his benders, people would worship his insight.

          As it is, thank good ness that Steglitz holds the key to the golden door.

        • HOFCToDi

          It’s no wonder the UK voted for Brexit. The UK wants to completely disassociate themselves from idiots like Steglitz49.

          • Steglitz49

            I guess praising HOFCToDi qualifies anybody as an idiot.

      • CED

        The refs won the Wcup on horrible calls. Ellis had no clue and stumbled into it with ref help. The team was playing like garbage for 8 months and thru the tourney, The only reason she changed from her failed system. tactically ineptness, etc… was by being absolutely forced to by suspensions, She hadn’t a clue how to solve the problem she created. She has subsequently proven again she hasn’t a clue by her tactics. lime up and usage of players in the OG last year and SBC this year.

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        • Gary Diver

          An excellent recap of the dismal Jill Ellis tenure. A number of us have pointed out that incompetent OG16 tournament was the rule, not the exception, of Ellis’ decision and leadership consequences.

          • #1Fan

            solved now. Jaelin Howell to the rescue 😉

  • john

    “This is awesome! I can play another forward out of position now.” – JE

  • AlexH

    I don’t wish injury on anybody but in the JE administration it is the only way a golden gal gets off the field and new players get a chance. Brian is a good player but she has not been a world beater as of late and competition for her spot is in order. It is pathetic that somebody has to get hurt for this to happen.

    • AlexH

      Oh, and what the hell does “tweak your MCL mean?” You would think that somebody could commit a random act of journalism and ask.

      • AlexH

        Another random act of journalism would be to ask WHEN in the SBC did Brian get injured. She played up until the 70th minute of the last game. Did she hurt herself in the 69th minute of the last game or did JE leave her out there injured, or even put her in injured? After the Rapinoe fiasco, the answer might surprise.

        • Steglitz49

          Lighten up! Moe just got engaged — on Valentine’s day — so she needs to plan her wedding.

          If Moe steps on it, she could have a sprog and be back for WC-19.

          That is the long and the short of it.

          • guest

            You are such an f-ing creep. Go away.

      • Steglitz49

        It means what it says. It is not as severe an injury as an ACL-tear but it is significant nevertheless.

        • rkmid71

          May or may not be significant. Depends on severity. Low grade sprain/tear is about 1 week recovery. The most severe 4-8 wks. Medium somewhere in between.

    • rkmid71

      Contrast that with the USMNT. It looks like Arena will make significant roster changes for Panama. “During the short break between games, Arena must assess how quickly his players are recovering not only physically but emotionally from a spectacular performance.” It seems Arena is assessing fitness from game to game as it should be. And tactics will also be a factor in player selection. John Brooks (sinus infection) and Sebastian Lletget (sprained foot) are out. Jermaine Jones is likely in.

      • Constant Weeder

        He can do that because there’s no tenure in the men’s CBA.

        • rkmid71

          Even in the old CBA, in theory wasn’t allocation on an annual basis? So the most tenure you could have was for 1 year. I know it didn’t work that way in practice. And couldn’t they always call up anybody they wanted, and just pay them floater fees, etc.

          • Steglitz49

            Who cares about theory when there are hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake?

          • rkmid71

            The coach?

          • Steglitz49

            Today JE knows that her only chance to immortality is to win WC-19.

            Unfortunately for JE, the competition is fierce. Not just the Frogettes but the Lionesses and a whole bunch of other teams lining up to take their pot shots.

          • CED

            Read the contract, number of floaters was limited to certain number. Also, if you made a roster you were automatically allocated the next year. The only reason there was any spots open for OG was retirements, pregnancy, injury. If those don’t happen like post 2011 Wcup, to 2012 OG there is no turnover and the roster is the same pool from Wcup 23 The fact is Pugh doesn’t even get a chance if they didn’t lose 6 to retirement, pregnancy, injury.

          • another guest

            “Also, if you made a roster you were automatically allocated the next year.”

            Automatically given contract/allocated is not true, there is “if she is offer a contract” qualifier wording in the CBA/MOU

            text from CBA/MOU reads ” … any player on the Olympic roster in 2016 will be a tier 1 player … if offered a contract”

            Engen is the obvious most recent example that making an OG or WC roster – does not – automatically cause you to be given a contract/allocated for the next year.

          • CED

            You do realize that Engen doesn’t prove your point. There is no CBA/MOU. If USSF doesn’t follow a clause in the old agreement WNT has no recourse, just if WNT doesn’t follow things USSF has no recourse. Both sides are really just having “gentlemens agreement”, nothing binding at all to follow the old terms. WNT is playing without an agreement and taking at word USSF will follow old terms b/c the press may be bad

          • DNG

            I don’t believe this is true. From what I’ve read there is an agreement that the CBA remains intact until either party files their 60 day notice before termination. So for all intents and purposes they are operating under the old CBA right now since neither party has given the 60 day notice. If you have any sources that refute that I’d like to read them.

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    • Steglitz49

      Wedding bells? Pregnancy? Bad language?

  • Anson

    There is one player who can replace Moe and she plays for the Washington Spirit. Who by the way play a 3-5-2. Experienced, smart, do anything for the TEAM and keeps herself in tiptop shape!

    • mockmook

      Castleberry? 😉

  • Bruce

    And now Horan has been ruled out of the friendlies.

    Replacement is another U17 – Jaelin Howell.

    Whatever, Jill.

    https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2017/03/29/14/58/20170329-news-wnt-lindsey-horan-out-april-camp

    • #1Fan

      we should rename the team Real Colorado FC ..Another player who has miraculously manged to erase a miserable U17 WC

      • Bruce

        If I’m a player like Colaprico or DiBernardo, I’m renewing my passport and hitting the phones. Just a slap in the face of any player in the pool who has proven herself at the highest professional level.

        • #1Fan

          what can i tell you. Im actually amazed. My kid has played Real Colo a few times. Incredible to think that the games featured FULL international caliber talent. 😉

          I should have brought my autograph book

          • Bruce

            Real Colorado v. Olympique Lyonnais. The greatest match that never was.

          • #1Fan

            lol. On a serious note, this does seem to indicate that either

            1. Ellis is an idiot
            2. there is a severe shortage of defensive mids in the USA
            3. The 2000s are a golden generation

            Its actually alarming. If you told folks that Pinto, Howell, Smith would be U-23 or higher they would have laughed .

          • Bruce

            It’s hard to comment seriously on a move like this.

          • #1Fan

            I wonder why no Pinto?

          • Bruce

            I’m sure Jill has a reason.

            BTW, the U23-POR game tonight will be streamed. U23’s likely to start both Pinto and Howell in the CM.

          • #1Fan

            I actually think both are pretty good. But nowhere near prime time ready

          • DNG

            These kids spend so much time every year traveling and playing in showcase matches. How much time is left for actual skill development?

          • #1Fan

            its a very fair question USSF think development ONLY occurs in camp so …

          • DNG

            That’s ironic because I bet that if you asked most of the current full team members, most would tell you about all the hours they put into training in the offseason

          • #1Fan

            of course they would. I could tell you stories over a beer that would make you laugh and/or cry.

          • DNG

            2000’s are a golden generation? By what metric does US soccer decide this? I’m going to go with a combination of 1 and 2 btw.

          • #1Fan

            I am reaching. When was the last time you saw this many underage kids advanced so far so fast ? I have seen this group play a lot. In ECNL play and international comps. Im stunned by recent developments. Think about it. we failed to exit the group stage with 3 FULL NT players on the roster and several kids considered U-23 ready. Let that sink in. We lost to Ghana. Let that sink in.

            The tell me again how on earth heads have not rolled? Its actually amazing. It really is.

          • DNG

            “we failed to exit the group stage with 3 FULL NT players on the roster”

            This is a highly unlikely scenario and people who know better do. The USSF(BJ Snow) is just trying to pull the wool over our eyes and deflect from the recent youth failures.

          • #1Fan

            You lost me. It happened 🙂

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