Tuesday Roundup: Alex Morgan out of French Cup final

The Equalizer Staff May 16, 2017 24

Also in today’s Roundup, the Breakers will officially run on Dunkin, Dzsenifer Marozsan is Footballer of the Year in France,
FAWSL will take on a 10th team, and Meghann Burke speaks about the NWSL PA

Alex Morgan is out of the French Cup final. The UWCL final remains a possibility. (photo courtesy Olympique Lyonnais)

Alex Morgan is out of the French Cup final. The UWCL final remains a possibility. (photo courtesy Olympique Lyonnais)

Alex Morgan has a hamstring injury and will miss the French Cup final for Lyon on Friday in Vannes. The club is still hopeful she will be able to return in time for the Champions League final on June 1 in Cardiff. Both matches are against French rivals Paris Saint-Germain. Lyon has already locked up the league championship—their 11th straight—and will be looking to win the treble for a second straight year.

Morgan was injured Saturday in Lyon’s 3-0 win over PSG in league play when she took a bad step trying to beat Ashley Lawrence in the attacking third. She left the match immediately and did not return. Morgan signed with Lyon in December and has 5 goals in 8 league appearances, including one before going off over the weekend. She is expected back in Orlando to join the Pride once the transfer window opens next month.

Breakers will officially run on Dunkin’

Natasha Dowie warms up in front of a Dunkin Donuts ad at Jordan Field. (photo copyright Clark Linehan Photo for The Equalizer)

Natasha Dowie warms up in front of a Dunkin Donuts ad at Jordan Field. (photo copyright Clark Linehan Photo for The Equalizer)

The Breakers formally announced a partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts on Tuesday. The popular brand will become the official coffee, bakery, donut, breakfast sandwich, and frozen beverage of the Boston Breakers. Signage at Jordan Field has been in place for at least two games and the news was reported by The Equalizer’s Allison Lee.

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“As a brand with a long history of partnerships with some of the biggest sport leagues in the country, we are once again proud to advance our commitment to support female athletes with the Boston Breakers,” Todd Wallace, Dunkin’ Donuts Senior Field Marketing Manager, said in a statement released by the Breakers. “We look forward to keeping the team and fans running on Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and breakfast sandwiches throughout the year.”

Dunkin’ Donuts will also keep the team running in new player and staff travel wear designs featuring the brand’s logo.

Marozsan named Footballer of the Year in France

Dzsenifer Marozsan’s summer move to Lyon has resulted in one trophy so far, and now the German captain has been named Footballer of the Year in France.

Dzsenifer Marozsan's move to France has proven fruitful.

Dzsenifer Marozsan’s move to France has proven fruitful.

The Hungarian-born midfielder left Frankfurt after 119 appearances to join Lyon just over a year ago. In the time since, Marozsan has won a god medal for Germany—scoring once and setting up one in the deciding match—and helped Lyon to a dominant regular season during which they have dropped points only once in 21 matches.

FAWSL TO PLAY SEASON WITH 10 TEAMS

FAWSL will add a 10th team for the upcoming season after Notts County disbanded on the even of the Spring season. According to a story on the league site, all FAWSL2 clubs will be eligible to apply to become the 10th team in the top flight.

Applications are due May 30 with a decision to be made in the first part of June. A decision will be made based on five criteria: finance and business management; players, staff, and youth development; facilities; marketing and commercial; and performance during the Spring Series as well as the 2016 league season.

The move will also balance out FAWSL2 which had been on course to play with 11 teams. The English women’s calendar is currently playing a special Spring Series in preparation for a return to a fall-to-spring schedule.

Meghann Burke talks NWSL Players Association

NWSL PA logoMeghann Burke, former WPS player and attorney working with the newly formed NWSL Players Association,gave a Q&A style interview to FIFPro during which she discussed several elements of the new organization. Burke is also working with FIFPro, a global union for soccer players.

When asked about the most important issue facing the new PA, Burke gave her most interesting answer: “I think we have a fairly long list of issues that need to be addressed systemically. On the micro level, season by season, I think minimum wages, consistency in training and knowing what kind of conditions you can expect as a professional. There needs to be trainers, physical therapists, adequate training facilities, consistent and predictable schedules for players whether or not they are full-time professional or have other jobs or classes that they’re trying to plan their lives around. Female players are like any other competitive, professional athlete or footballer, they want to play at the highest level. In order to do that we need the best conditions to make that possible.”

The full interview, which was conducted by Monica Gonzalez, can be found here.

  • Paul Klee

    So assuming what Ellis said is true and she won’t call anyone to camp that isn’t fully fit. It is possible that Morgan, Heath, Rodriguez, Leroux (club coach says she’s not fully fit) and Brian won’t meet that standard for the Scandinavian Friendlies. If this is the case does she go to Europe with the remaining 19( only 2 keepers) or does she add more to th roster.

    • Steglitz49

      If Alex Morgan can play in the Champions League final on June 1st, she might be considered fit enough for the USWNT. Nevertheless, it might be prudent to let her rest and recuperate a bit longer.

    • htm222

      If ARod gets called into camp fresh off ACL surgery, i might just start believing every NYRick conspiracy theory.

      • Steglitz49

        Nah! Just that Castro runs WoSo.

      • guest

        USSoccer is run by Hillary and Obama in collusion with the Deep State out of Kenya. Abby is their front.

      • HOFCToDi

        Oh really?

        Abby Wambach was going to start every game through 2016 because she ran the program and hates Christen Press.

    • Frozen Blue

      Hahahaha…I think Morgan got called in last time when she was just getting off being injured and was not yet playing for Lyon due to said injury. That line is just for bubble players and hopefuls.

      • kernel_thai

        If Lyon wins UWCL Im sure both Norway and Sweden would like to see Morgan on the roster to stir the attendance pot. And it’s not like she’d have to play much in her new role carrying Lloyd’s bags. : )

        • Don’t hate me

          Do you know if Morgan will travel with the team tomorrow? Because it’s a final and if they win she’ll get a medal right?

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen Press new role is carrying Carli Lloyd’s bags.

          2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
          Knockout Stage
          Goals Scored
          Press – 0

          2016 SheBelieves Cup
          Goals Scored
          Press – 0

          2016 Rio Olympics
          Goals Scored
          Press – 0

          2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
          Knockout Stage
          Assists Provided
          Press – 0

          2016 SheBelieves Cup
          Assists Provided
          Press – 0

          2016 Rio Olympics
          Assists Provided
          Press – 0

          Christen Press doesn’t do anything for the USWNT anyways.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen’s new role is carrying Carli Lloyd’s bags.

          Calendar Year 2016
          FIFA Top 12 FIFA Ranked Opponents
          USWNT Assists Provided
          Pugh (DOB 29 Apr 1998) – 3
          Heath (DOB 29 May 1988) – 3
          Klingenberg (DOB 02 Aug 1988) – 2
          Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 1
          O’Hara (DOB 04 Aug 1988) – 1
          Long (DOB 13 Aug 1987) – 1
          Sauerbrunn (DOB 06 Jun 1985) – 1
          Lloyd (DOB 16 Jul 1982) – 1

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2016-lineups

          Christen Press doesn’t do anything for the USWNT anyways.

        • HOFCToDi

          Christen’s new role is carrying Carli Lloyd’s bags.

          Calendar Year 2016
          FIFA Top 12 Ranked Opponents
          USWNT Goals Scored
          Morgan (DOB 02 Jul 1989) – 6
          Horan (DOB 26 May 1994) – 2
          Lloyd (DOB 16 Jul 1982) – 2
          Mewis (DOB 09 Oct 1992) – 1
          Dunn (DOB 03 Jul 1992) – 1
          Johnston (DOB 06 Apr 1992) – 1
          Heath (DOB 29 May 1988) – 1
          Long (DOB 13 Aug 1987) – 1

          ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/lineups/2016-lineups

          Christen Press doesn’t do anything for the USWNT anyways.

        • Frozen Blue

          That just proves my point the comment was not meant for the stars.

    • ted norberto

      Hahahahahahha!!! I find this to be very hard to believe. Even if you are hopping on one leg you will still be able to suit up. All the NTers miraculously heal right before a friendly. AAAAAmazing!

  • Elmore

    Interesting instagram post by Morgan (alexmorgan13) today.

    • Feder Jr

      Indeed. Good catch

  • Ashley C

    “As I sit on the sideline reflecting on my
    last 5 months, I can’t help but feel happiness and fulfillment. I smile
    because I’ve found the joy in football again. I smile because I will be
    back on the pitch soon. I smile because there’s more reasons to smile
    than not to.” -Alex Morgan on Instagram today.

    • Steglitz49

      Thanks for posting the text. Much obliged.

    • Dwight King

      And she added the hashtag #uwcl

      • Steglitz49

        What is your interpretation? Lyon have already announced that there is a good chance for her to be fit for June 1st.

    • guest

      i wonder if orlando is smiling.

      • Don’t hate me

        Smiling because she is happy? That she is coming back better than when ahe left?

  • kernel_thai

    “Morgan was injured Saturday in Lyon’s 3-0 win over PSG in league play when she took a bad step trying to beat Ashley Lawrence in the attacking third.”

    Well, she was defending Lawrence as clearly shown in the video posted directly above the quote.

    Real shame as Morgan was off to a good start. She made a great pass to spring Hegerberg on the second goal and hustled to get into the play on her own goal. Hopefully she is healthy enough to get some play in the UWCL final.

  • guest

    Morgan does something to her upper lip, no? It didn’t used to be that big. She probably uses Ashlyn’s dermatologist/plastics doc in Orlando.