Wednesday Roundup: Brian to graduate from UVA on Sunday

The Equalizer Staff May 17, 2017 5

Also in today’s Roundup, Switzerland international Selina Kuster sidelined for EURO due to injury and U.S. U-16 GNT sweeps Women’s Development Tournament in Belgium

Morgan Brian vs. Romania.

USWNT and Houston Dash midfielder Morgan Brian is set to walk at graduation on Sunday at UVA (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Morgan Brian will walk the lawn in Charlottesville on Sunday to collect her degree from the University of Virginia six years after she first stepped foot on campus as a student in 2011. Graduating from college, although still a monumental milestone, will join Brian’s even larger list of big-time accomplishments inclusive of being a Women’s World Cup Champion and representing the U.S. in the Olympics last summer.

Brian, who first joined the USWNT in her third year at UVA, will leave a lasting impact on her college program. “If you look at Morgan’s legacy, there will be quality soccer we are all proud of, but it was as much establishing the right culture for the program,” said head coach Steve Swanson to UVAToday. “As good as the team looked on the field, it was happening off the field as well, and we are all proud of that.”

Brian was able to compete for a top-tier academic institution all the while earning countless individual accolades such as being awarded the MAC Hermann Trophy two years in a row. She did say however that it became tough at times, balancing college work and her professional career. “We lost the NCAA national championship game in December [2014]. And then that night Coach Swanson and I flew to Brazil for the national team. We played in a tournament there. Losing in the national championship college game, traveling to Brazil and having to take all of my finals in a different country while at a national team camp was a very hard time.” she said.

Nonetheless, she’s very gracious for her time spent at UVA and excited to be able to officially say she graduated. “I had some of the best years of my life because of the coaching staff, my teammates and my friends. The grounds, the school, all rolled into one really made for a one-of-a-kind experience. It has been the best four years of my life and I will always cherish it.”

Brian will be available for the Houston Dash on Saturday as they take on Sky Blue FC on Saturday.

Injury to sideline Selina Kuster from Switzerland’s EURO run

Switzerland defender Selina Kuster has been ruled out from participation in this summer’s EURO championships due to a cruciate ligament tear.

Kuster, a mainstay for the Switzerland women’s national team since 2009, has 69 appearances for her country and currently plays her club ball for FC Zurich. The injury will sideline her for the rest of Bundesliga as well as the EURO this summer.

U.S. U-16 GNT wins Women’s Development Tournament in Belgium

The U.S. U-16 girls national team swept all three teams at the Women’s Development Tournament in Belgium over the last week to win the tournament.

The team first beat Croatia 4-0 on Friday before downing Belgium 1-0 two days later. Tuesday, the U.S. went on to defeat Switzerland by a score of 2-1 thanks for a first minute goal from Samantha Kroeger and the eventual game winner from Allyson Sentnor.

The U.S. only let in one goal throughout all three games and that was a penalty kick from Switzerland.

  • htm222

    As a fellow UVA alum, congrats Moe! Charlottesville is my happy place.

  • Alex

    Yesterday also had the first meeting this year of two of the big three sides in England as Heather O’Reilly’s Arsenal played at Crystal Dunn’s Chelsea. Dunn looked a threat getting in behind Arsenal’s defence on a few occasions, but she lacked an end product for most of the game, in injury time she got it right and provided a great touch to set up Drew Spence to put Chelsea ahead. O’Reilly worked hard but was ineffective for much of the game, she got an early yellow card for a late challenge and could have been sent off just before half time for a bizarre handball, luckily for Arsenal she remained on the pitch to help rescue a point in the 96th minute as she beat a tiring defender to create a chance for Carter which was deflected into the goal by Nobbs.

    Arsenal were pretty disappointing but they have a lot of absences, they had to rely on a centre back pairing of two teenagers playing up against Dunn and Bachmann, as well as having no Kim Little. They’ve got some serious threat on the counter when Nobbs breaks from midfield with Carter, O’Reilly and Taylor ahead of her, I think they look stronger than last year, just need to get everyone fit and sign a defender or two to compete next season. Good signs for the future too with Leah Williamson looking back to being one of the best young players in England after recovering from her injury on Seattle’s awful pitch.

    Chelsea have so many good players but seemingly lack a coherent strategy to actually get them all to perform, it seems like every time I watch them they just plug a random selection of their undoubtedly talented players into a formation and hope for the best. Bachmann and Carney particularly disappointed yesterday, Aluko didn’t even get a minute on the pitch, Kirby is still not fit, Ji, Davison and Dunn each had some good moments, and Mjelde looked good throughout. No idea how they should set up to get the most out of those players, they probably should have thought about it before signing them all. 34 year old Katie Chapman looking as fit and effective as ever, Drew Spence has now scored in 6 consecutive Chelsea games, will Mark Sampson end up regretting naming his Euro squad so early?

    • #1Fan

      Wubben- Moy looks like a big prospect to me.

      • Alex

        I thought she was the better of the two Arsenal centre backs, not sure that either is ready for the big time yet though, really feel Arsenal need to get Jemma Rose fit and add another centre back with more experience before next season.

        • #1Fan

          young CB. Good size, very good on the ball. Playing vs some of the best in the game. I think she has a bright future.