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Friday Roundup: Dunn, Sauerbrunn highlight NWSL Team of the Month

Also in today’s Roundup, Alex Morgan listed as questionable with a calf strain and the rest of the NWSL Injury Report

Crystal Dunn is one of two players (Becky Sauerbrunn), to be named to all four NWSL Teams of the Month. (photo copyright Lewis Gettier)

NWSL Player of the Month, Crystal Dunn and three-time Defender of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn have been named to the league’s Team of the Month for June, the only two players to be so honored all four times in 2018. Dunn scored two goals and added an assist to keep the North Carolina Courage rolling toward a second successive Shield. Sauerbrunn anchors the back line for Utah Royals FC who continue to have the stingiest defense in NWSL with 11 goals conceded across 14 matches.

Sauerbrunn is joined on the back line by Royals teammate Becca Moros as well as the Courage duo of Abby Erceg and Merritt Matias. Dunn is joined up top by Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC) and Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash.) The midfield is McCall Zerboni (Courage), Lindsey Horan (Thorns), and Yuki Nagasato (Red Stars). Alyssa Naeher (Red Stars) is the goalkeeper.

The NWSL Team of the Month is voted on my members of the NWSL Media Association.

Alex Morgan questionable on NWSL injury report

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan is listed as questionable for her side’s match against the Washington Spirit, Saturday night on ESPNews. Morgan left last weekend’s match early with a calf strain which is the same injury listed for this weekend. She is the only Pride player on the injury report.

The full injury report is below. It does not include Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg who is suspended for kicking Allie Long last weekend in Seattle.

CHICAGO RED STARS

OUT: Stephanie McCaffrey (illness)
QUESTIONABLE: None
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

HOUSTON DASH

OUT: Kristie Mewis (left ACL sprain -SEI)
QUESTIONABLE: None
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE

N/A

ORLANDO PRIDE

OUT: Danica Evans (excused absence)
QUESTIONABLE: Alex Morgan (right calf strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

PORTLAND THORNS FC

OUT: Andressinha (right ankle sprain), Caitlin Foord (right lis franc repair), Meg Morris (left hip pain -SEI), Katherine Reynolds (excused absence)
QUESTIONABLE:
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

SEATTLE REIGN FC

OUT: Yael Averbuch (illness), Kiersten Dallstream (left quad strain), Jess Fishlock (right quad strain), Jaycie Johnson (right knee sprain –D45)
QUESTIONABLE: None
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

SKY BLUE FC

OUT: Jen Hoy (right knee sprain), Amandine Pierre-Louis (right ankle sprain), Raquel Rodriguez (back spasms), Rebekah Stott (back strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Michaela Abam (left knee tendinitis), Katie Johnson (right knee tendinitis), McKenzie Meehan (right hamstring strain)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

UTAH ROYALS FC

OUT: Alex Arlitt (left knee strain –SEI), Katie Bowen (excused absence), Makenzy Doniak (left knee ACL tear –SEI), Mandy Laddish (right hip contusion –SEI), Kelley O’Hara (right hamstring strain)
QUESTIONABLE: None
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

WASHINGTON SPIRIT

OUT: Cali Farquharson (left tibial stress injury -D45), Cheyna Matthews (pregnancy), Mallory Pugh (right PCL sprain), Arielle Ship (right ACL recovery– D45), Tiffany Weimer (left knee Baker’s cyst)
QUESTIONABLE: Estefania Banini (right hamstring inflammation), Mallory Eubanks (right ankle sprain), Rose Lavelle (left hamstring inflammation)
INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None
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