Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Morgan 'will be fine' for the semifinals
by Paul Kennedy, August 3rd, 2012 5:19PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  olympics, women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[USA-NEW ZEALAND] The USA moved into the semifinals of the Olympic women's soccer competition after a tougher-than-expected win over New Zealand that featured a violent collision between U.S. star Alex Morgan and New Zealand goalkeeper Jenny Bindon. Morgan later left the game won by the Americans, 2-0, with what was termed a charley horse, but she "will be fine" for Monday's semifinal with Concacaf rival Canada, according to U.S. coach Pia Sundhage.

Morgan's knee hit Bindon in the head as the U.S. star broke in alone on the New Zealand keeper late in the second half. Amazingly, no foul was called for the violent collision.

Bindon stayed in the game but was suffering from an apparent concussion.

"She said she can't remember much of the game," New Zealand coach Tony Readings. "Maybe she's blocking it out. I'm not sure."

REACTION. The close score was not a surprise, considering New Zealand led the USA late in their friendly earlier this year before falling, 2-1, on a pair of late Morgan goals. "It's a winning team, so they've been living with the pressure," said Sundhage. "I just look at the team and it feels like they perform under pressure. They like the pressure. The harder it is, the more you get out of the team."

CROWD WATCH. The game at Newcastle's St. James' Park drew a crowd of only 10,441 fans, the lowest for the USA's four matches. The other matches were played as part of doubleheaders.

TRIVIA. The win kept the USA's streak alive of having qualified for the semifinals of every world championship it has entered: five Olympics and six Women's World Cups.

Aug. 3 in Newcastle
USA 2 New Zealand 0. Goals: Wambach 27, Leroux 87.
USA -- Solo; LePeilbet, Rampone, Buehler, O'Hara; Rapinoe (O'Reilly, 71), Lloyd, Cheney (Rodriguez, 90+1), Heath; Morgan (Leroux, 80), Wambach.
New Zealand -- Bindon; Percival, Erceg, Smith, Riley; Hoyle (Longo, 90+4), Yallop (Moorwood, 57), Hassett, Gregorius; Hearn, Wilkinson (White, 77).
Referee: Jesica Di Iorio (Argentina).
Att.: 10,441



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] Seyi Adekoya teamed up with fellow freshman Chase Gasper to break a 1-1 tie ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"None of this is personal. Some things could have been phrased differently because the actual opinions ...
AEG antes up at StubHub Center    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The LA Galaxy's owner, AEG, will invest over $15 million to improve facilities and ...
Another MLS flop in Central America    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Two days after the Portland Timbers, needing as little as a one-goal loss ...
Western Conference heavyweights square off    
[MLS: Three Games to Watch] Though only one playoff slot is yet to be determined between ...
Three players suspended for season finales    
[MLS DISCIPLINE] The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced Thursday three suspensions stemming from incidents occurring in matches ...
U.S. under-18 men's national team roster    
[CARSON CAMP] Head coach Javier Perez named a 36-player roster for the U.S. under-18 men's national ...
Cuellar stakes rebuilding work on qualifying    
[SCOUTING REPORT: Mexico] Four years ago in the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship, Mexico beat ...
What They're Saying: Dunga    
"We suggest things so that there's a better atmosphere. We explained it to players and we ...
A horrible, hilarious PK miss     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] You really must watch this botched penalty kick several times to ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives