Playing for the USWNT against Mexico
|Full name||Morgan Paige Brian|
|Date of birth||February 26, 1993|
|Place of birth||Kinston, North Carolina, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|University of Virginia|
|2005-2012||Ponte Vedra Storm|
|2011-||University of Virginia|
|2008-2010||United States U17||22||(15)|
|2012||United States U20||21||(4)|
|† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 September 2014
Born in St. Simons, Georgia to parents, Vickie and Steve Brian, Morgan attended Frederica Academy in St. Simons Island, Georgia. In 2011, she was named Gatorade Player of the Year and Gatorade National Girls' Soccer Player of the Year, after leading her team to the state championship with six goals. She was named the 2010 Parade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year, the 2010 NSCAA Youth Player of the Year, 2010 NSCAA High School and Youth All-American as well as 2010 ESPN Rise All-American. She was twice named Parade All-American and was a two-time Gatorade Georgia State Player of the Year.
As an eighth grader, Brian played for the varsity team and was All-Region and All-State, helping her team to second place in the state tournament. As a freshman at Frederica, she was named team MVP, All-Region and All-State and helped the Knights clinch the state title. She scored 83 goals and provided 50 assists in her first two years of high school soccer and had 71 goals and 30 assists during her senior season.
Brian played club soccer for the Ponte Vedra Storm from U-12 to U-19. She won state championships at the U-17 and U-18 levels with the Storm and was the national runner-up with the U-17 team. She helped the Storm win the U-19 national title during the summer of 2012.
University of Virginia
Brian currently attends the University of Virginia. As a freshman in 2011, she started in 22 games and appeared in 23 of the 24 total matches. As a midfielder, she was the second-leading scorer for the Cavaliers with 11 goals and eight assists. She was named the Soccer America National Freshman of the Year, NSCAA First-Team All-American, Second-Team Soccer America MVP and was a semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy. She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-ACC.
During her sophomore year, Brian appeared in 15 games, starting 13, after missing the beginning of the season due to representing the United States at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup where she helped the US take home gold. Brian scored four goals and served seven assists for the Cavaliers. She was named NSCAA 1st Team All-Southeast Region, First Team All-ACC, ACC Tournament MVP as well as Second Team Soccer America MVP, Second Team TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season, and First Team VaSID All-State.
As a junior in 2013, Brian started 25 games. She was first in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in scoring with 46 points on 16 goals and a league-high 14 assists. She scored in all four NCAA Tournament wins to lead University of Virginia to College Cup. She was named Soccer America Player of the Year, TopDrawerSoccer.com Player of the Year, VaSID State Player of the Year, First-Team NSCAA All-American, First-Team Soccer America MVP and First-Team All-ACC.  She was named winner of 2013 Hermann Trophy.
Youth national teams
Brian was a member of the United States U-17 women's national soccer team that placed third at the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica. At age fifteen, she was the youngest member on the squad.
Brian was a member of the United States U20 squad that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship and earned a spot at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. During the qualifying tournament, she played in four games totaling 337 minutes, scored one goal and served one assist. Her goal occurred during the team's 4-0 semifinal victory over Mexico, which earned the squad its berth to the U-20 Women's World Cup.Leading up to the World Cup, she earned 15 U-20 caps and scored three goals.
Brian would later help the team win the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan; playing all six matches and scoring a goal. Describing Brian, head coach Steve Swanson said, "Morgan does everything extremely well, which is rare for any midfielder. She can finish, she makes great runs, she's an excellent passer, she can take players one-on-one and she can head the ball. There are not a lot of things she can't do, but what sets her apart is her brain. She's got an amazing soccer brain for her age and she's still one of the younger players on this team."
In June 2013, Brian was called to the national training camp by head coach Tom Sermanni, in preparation for a series of friendly matches between the United States and South Korea. On June 15, 2013, she earned her first cap for the senior team during a match against South Korea, subbing in for Lauren Holiday. She scored her first goal within three minutes of coming on as a sub against Mexico on September 3, 2013.
|Key (expand for notes on “international goals” and sorting)|
|Location||Geographic location of the venue where the competition occurred
Sorted by country name first, then by city name
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
on minute (off player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
|Goal in match||Goal of total goals by the player in the match
Sorted by total goals followed by goal number
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information.|
|penalty or pk||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.
Sorted by goal difference, then by goal scored by the player's team
|Result||The final score.
Sorted by goal difference in the match, then by goal difference in penalty-shoot-out if it is taken, followed by goal scored by the player's team in the match, then by goal scored in the penalty-shoot-out. For matches with identical final scores, match ending in extra-time without penalty-shoot-out is a tougher match, therefore precede matches that ended in regulation
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|Light-purple background color – exhibition or closed door international friendly match|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|1||September 3, 2013[m 1]||USAWashington||Mexico||1 of 1||
|2[n 1]||February 13, 2014[m 3]||USAAtlanta||Russia||90.Start||1 of 1||
Honors and awards
- 2010 NSCAA Youth Player of the Year
- 2010 Parade National Player of the Year
- 2011 Gatorade National Player of the Year
- 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year
- 2011 Soccer America National Freshman of the Year
- 2012 ACC Tournament MVP
- NSCAA 1st Team All American: 2011, 2012
- All-NCAA Tournament Team: 2013
- NSCAA 1st Team All-Southeast Region: 2011, 2012, 2013
- 1st Team All-ACC: 2011, 2012, 2013
- 2013 Soccer America Player of the Year
- 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
- "PLAYER BIO: MORGAN BRIAN". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. U-20 WNT Midfielder Morgan Brian Named Gatorade National Girls' Soccer Player of the Year". US Soccer Federation. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Morgan Brian Surprised with Gatorade Player of the Year". ESPN. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Morgan Brian". US Soccer Federation. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Morgan Brian". University of Virginia. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Morgan Brian Is All Grown Up". US Soccer Federation. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Morgan BRIAN". FIFA.com.
- Morgan Brian – FIFA competition record
- US Soccer player profile
- University of Virginia player profile
- TopDrawerSoccer player profile
- Morgan Brian on Twitter