"We're going to do everything we can to support our teammates. I think it is really frustrating to not be there in general. I've been in Orlando for six-plus weeks now for preseason since the end of the SheBelieves Cup so to be putting in the work day in, day out like the rest of my national team teammates and then to be pulled away -- not to be pulled away -- but to have the Challenge Cup scheduled in a FIFA window is really disappointing."
-- U.S. national team star Alex Morgan
, who plays for the Orlando Pride, on the NWSL's stars missing the start of the 2021 Challenge Cup because they are away on international duty during the April FIFA window. Players will likely be unavailable for the first two of the Challenge Cup's five group matchdays. The NWSL has 18 players with the USA and 10 with Canada in Europe for friendly games. (ESPN