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Tuesday Roundup: USWNT to host family of soccer player killed in Parkland shooting

Also in today’s Roundup, Caroline Stanley named goalkeeper coach at Tulsa

Alex Morgan, USWNT

Alex Morgan and the USWNT will hos family and teamates of Alyssa Alhadeff who was killed in the shooting at Parkland. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

The U.S. national team will host the family and teammates of Alyssa Alhadeff at next week’s SheBelieves Cup finale in Orlando. Alyssa was one of 17 people killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. She was part of the girls’ soccer team at the school.

According to this article by Jordan Culver in the Orlando Sentinel, team captain Jamie Morris sent a tweet that made its way to the USWNT and several of its players. The team then got in touch with Alyssa’s family and made the arrangements. Alex Morgan, who plays for the Orlando Pride, also extended an invitation to any Orlando Pride game.

The SheBelieves Cup begins Thursday in Columbus, moves to New Jersey on Sunday, and Orlando next Wednesday, March 7. The U.S. will play England at Orlando City Stadium with Germany taking on France in an earlier match.

Caroline Stanley joins coaching staff at Tulsa

Former NWSL goalkeeper Caroline Stanley has joined the staff at the University of Tulsa as the women’s goalkeeper coach. Stanley will be the program’s first full-time keeper coach.

“I am looking forward to stepping into a college coaching role because I’m passionate about the game of soccer and about teaching the next generation,” Stanley said in a team announcement. “I am looking forward to empowering strong women on and off the field, and with so much history and potential, I want to make an immediate impact.”

Stanley spent parts of three years in NWSL. She was in Seattle in 2015 where she was third-string behind Hope Solo and Haley Kopmeyer. She got into one match, earning a win as the Reign repeated as Shield winners. Stanley’s most work came in 2016 with Sky Blue. She sparred for the starting job with Caroline Casey and wound up playing in 11 matches and posting a 2-4-4 record with 3 shutouts. Last season Stanley was called up by the Orlando Pride as an emergency reserve when Aubrey Bledsoe missed a match with a concussion. Sure enough, starter Ashlyn Harris injured an abdominal muscle in the match and Stanley was called on to play against her original team the Reign. She allowed one goal in 64 minutes and earned a draw. The Pride then signed Stanley for the duration of Harris’s injury but Bledsoe returned and Stanley was relegated to backup duty.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to have Caroline join our staff,” Tulsa head coach Kyle Cussen said. “Caroline was a member of the U.S. national team program and played professionally for three years, so her experience will help continue a professional culture within our program.”


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