Morgan Brian named to the U.S. World Cup Team!
Former Clay County Soccer Sol Player Morgan Brian is named to the 2015 United States Women's World Cup Team. U.S. WNT Coach Jill Ellis named the 23 player roster on Monday which will be in Canada this June competing for the 2015 World Cup title.
The roster is a good mix of experienced and younger players with a great deal of talent throughout. At 22 years old Brian will be the youngest player on the roster and with only 26 appearances (4 goals and 4 assists) will be expected to make an impact in the teams midfield and overall performance in Canada.
U.S. WNT Midfielder Morgan Brian
On getting the call from Jill Ellis:
“I think we all knew we were going to find out on the same day, so we were a little bit nervous looking at our phones and waiting for the call. It’s a true honor to represent my country and play at a World Cup, especially at such a young age. I’m really looking forward to the experience and think it will be something I remember for the rest of my life.”
On if the news of making the roster has sunk in yet:
“I don’t think I’ve let it sink in, but at the same time I’ve dreamed about this since I was a little girl and for it to finally be official and for the dream to come true is surreal. For me it’s just been a whirlwind. I don’t think it’s going to sink in because you just think to yourself ‘I’m on the United States Women’s National Team playing in a World Cup’ and that’s insane to me. It’s cool to finally have that dream come true.”
Clay County Soccer Director Luis Torres:
"I was with Morgan right after she got the call and there was a big smile on her face which said everything", said Torres, Brian's youth coach. "I flew to Houston to watch her play in her first Professional game with the Dash and felt really lucky to be there as she reached two of her goals and milestones at the same time. "We went to breakfast and sat around for hours reminiscing about the many years of hard work, sweat, tears and great times that led to this well deserved moment". "Watching a kid grow up and reach every goal she'd set for herself is a pretty amazing experience. As a coach I couldn't be prouder and happier, she is not only the best player I've ever coached but one of the best people you'll ever meet." We will all be watching and wishing her the best of luck this June." said Torres.
Morgan will be joining the U.S. Team for their three sendoff matches prior to the World Cup May 10 vs. Ireland, May 17th vs. Mexico, and May 30th vs. Korea Republic.
The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.
2015 United States FIFA Women’s World Cup Roster By Position: (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris* (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher* (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo*** (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny** (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen* (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston* (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg* (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger** (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara** (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone***** (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn** (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx**** (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian* (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath** (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday** (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd*** (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly*** (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe** (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux* (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan** (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press* (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez** (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach**** (unattached)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup
***** Fifth Women’s World Cup
Posted on April 16, 2015
by Jessica Medina