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Morgan and Long Named to USWNT Roster for Switzerland Friendly

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Morgan and Long will depart for Cary, NC following Sunday's match.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Allie Long have been named to United States Women's National Team squad by Head Coach Jill Ellis for next week's friendly against Switzerland at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.

Morgan will be making her first National Team camp since fully recovering from an ankle injury that kept her off the pitch for over six months.  In her last appearance with the USWNT on June 19 against France, Morgan scored a brace in a second half substitute appearance, then proceeded to score a brace and an assist in her next appearance with the Thorns, a 6-1 victory over the Washington Spirit on June 21.  On the year with the Thorns, she has 5 goals and 4 assists in 13 matches.

Long makes her third consecutive National Team camp and the second since Ellis was named full time coach of the USWNT, where she has appeared in three matches at defensive midfielder.  Long has made 21 appearances for the Thorns, 19 starts, scoring 9 goals and adding 2 assists.

Morgan and Long will join the USWNT following their match this Sunday against Seattle.

The USWNT will face Switzerland on June 20 at 4:30pm PDT.  The match will be streamed on USSoccer,com

Thorns Press Release-

Thorns FC duo joins United States for match against Switzerland Aug. 20 in Cary, N.C.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Allie Long have been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for an upcoming international friendly against Switzerland on Aug. 20, it was announced today.

The U.S. Women’s National Team will face Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific) at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The game will be broadcast live on
Morgan, 25, returned to the fold with the U.S. Women’s National Team in June for a pair of friendlies against France. The Thorns FC forward made her first appearance with the United States since November 2013 after battling back from an ankle injury, entering the match as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 win against France on June 14. A second-half substitute against France on June 19, Morgan registered a brace, helping the United States earn a 2-2 draw. This season for Portland, Morgan has played in 13 matches (12 starts), recording five goals and four assists.

Long, 26, is being named to a U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the third time in 2014. The Thorns FC midfielder earned her first cap with the senior national team in a 1-1 draw against Canada on May 8, coming in as a substitute in the 68th minute. In two friendlies against France, Long featured in both matches and tallied her first point and assist with the U.S. Women’s National Team on June 19. In 21 matches (19 starts) for Portland, Long has recorded nine goals, ranking her tied for fifth in the NWSL, and two assists.
Morgan and Long will depart following Portland’s regular-season finale against Seattle Reign FC on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Providence Park. Sunday’s match, sponsored by Alaska Airlines, will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Northwest; kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (Pacific).