We knew Alex Morgan was hurt. You could see it, I could see it, we all could see it. Yet she insisted all throughout the 2019 Women’s World Cup, “I’m ok.”
Now we confirmation that she wasn’t ok.
Morgan announced she will miss the rest of the 2019 NWSL season for the Orlando Pride with a knee injury, confirming she’s been dealing with the problem since the World Cup. “I’m disappointed I won’t be able to compete with the Pride for the remainder of 2019 due to a knee injury I’ve been managing since the World Cup,” Morgan wrote on Instagram, “and that I can’t be there to help my teammates and my club have more success.”
The Pride are bottom of the NWSL table, with just four wins in 21 matches this season. Morgan has played in just six of those, four before the World Cup and two after, without scoring or assisting a single goal. Orlando won just one of the six games Morgan appeared in, the most recent one on August 21 against second-placed Chicago. Meanwhile, they were shut out in four of the six games she appeared in, with Morgan registering just one lone shot among the six appearances.
“I have already started physical therapy in LA and am eager to get back on the field doing what I love,” Morgan said without offering any other details on her injury.
The 30-year-old USWNT star scored five goals in their opening match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup against Thailand, assisting three more as the U.S. won 13-0. However, she was a consistent target for physical play in the ensuing match against Sweden and was seemingly injured in the 33rd minute, leading Jill Ellis to withdraw the striker at halftime. Morgan did not appear herself over the rest of the tournament, scoring just one more goal the rest of the way and at times looking unusually off the pace. Opposing teams copied Sweden’s strategy, targeting Morgan throughout the tournament with repeated kicks, fouls, and physical play.
“his year has had the highest of highs but along with that comes challenges and sometimes even falling short of my goals I set for myself in 2019,” Morgan wrote in her announcement.
With Hurricane Irma charging west on a path towards Florida, sports teams are taking notice.
The Orlando Pride is the latest club to reschedule a match, moving its originally scheduled game on Saturday against the Seattle Reign to Thursday. It will take place following an Orlando City B match on Thursday afternoon.
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Orlando City’s MLS squad is in the midst of a four-game road trip, with its next home game not scheduled until September 27.
The Pride’s decision to move its game-time ahead of the storm follows the NASL’s decision to postpone Puerto Rico FC’s match against the New York Cosmos on Saturday.
Alex Morgan did this year what many of her fellow U.S. Women’s National Team players have done over recent seasons; make the trek to Europe.
However, the Orlando Pride star forward has revealed that she won’t be extending her time in France with Olympique Lyonnais, where she spent the first half of 2017 on loan.
“Last year when I signed with Lyon, I signed for six months plus a mutual option for an additional year,” Morgan said regarding her future.
“I wasn’t sure after I finished the season with Lyon. It was an amazing season. I felt like I did what I went there to do. I felt fulfilled. Coming back here, I knew the amazing club that supported me through that process.
“I agreed with Lyon to terminate our contract and continue with Orlando Pride moving forward. I feel that the present of this club and the future of this club is just going above and beyond and is going to do incredible things. I’m really happy here, this is my home. So, as happy as I was this year playing with two clubs, I will be with Orlando Pride moving forward.”
During her time in France, Morgan helped Lyon win the UEFA Champions League title this season and scored five goals in eight matches overall with the club.
Morgan has helped the Pride move into a prime position to reach the NWSL playoffs this season since returning to the U.S., with Orlando sitting in fourth place with four matches remaining in the regular season. The 28-year-old has recorded eight goals in the Pride’s last seven matches.
The Orlando Pride have signed five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta to a multi-year deal.
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The deal for one of the game’s biggest stars had been rumored weeks before the Pride made it official Friday.
“Marta’s resume speaks for itself. She is not only the best player in the world, she is a player that fills one of our biggest needs on the field,” Orlando City general manager Niki Budalic said. “Our goal this offseason was to evaluate our first year’s performance and give the Pride the best tools for success in 2017 and forward.”
Known by just her first name, Marta Vieira da Silva has scored 106 goals in 109 international appearances with the Brazilian national team. She has the most Women’s World Cup goals with 15. She has 10 Olympic goals, tying her for third on the career list with former U.S. star Abby Wambach.
From top to bottom, Orlando City Soccer Club is one of the classiest organizations around.
They’ve proved it once again.
Following the tragic Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida in June of this year which saw 49 people killed in the gay nightclub, Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride will honor the victims in their new stadium which is scheduled to be open for the start of the 2017 Major League Soccer season.
The photo below shows seats designed in the Rainbow flag to represent the LGBT community, which have been installed in the venue.
Orlando’s new downtown home (just two blocks away from the Amway Center, home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic) has a 25,500 capacity and will host home games for both OCSC in MLS and the Orlando Pride professional women’s team in the NWSL.
This is a truly wonderful gesture.