Playing for the United States in February 2015
|Full name||Morgan Paige Brian|
|Date of birth||February 26, 1993|
|Place of birth||St. Simons, Georgia, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|2005–2012||Ponte Vedra Storm|
|Clay County Soccer Club|
|2008–2010||United States U17||22||(15)|
|2012||United States U20||21||(4)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 6, 2015.
Morgan Paige Brian (born February 26, 1993) is an American soccer player. She currently plays as a midfielder for the Houston Dash and for the United States women's national soccer team. She played in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, which the US won; she had one assist (in the final against Japan), passing the ball to Tobin Heath.
Born in St. Simons, Georgia to Vickie and Steve Brian, she attended Frederica Academy at 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 attended the University of Virginia. As a first year 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 second 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 third year 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 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.
As a fourth year in 2014, Brian repeated as the winner of the Hermann Trophy, becoming the fifth woman to win the award twice, after Mia Hamm of North Carolina (1992 and 1993), Cindy Parlow of North Carolina (1997 and 1998), Christine Sinclair of Portland (2004 and 2005) and Kerri Hanks (2006 and 2008).
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.
2015 Women's World Cup
Morgan Brian came on as a substitute in the USWNT's first group stage game against Australia. Brian then started in the team's second group stage match against Sweden. When star midfielder, Lauren Holiday was suspended for the team's quarterfinal match against China, Brian started in place of her and helped the Stars and the Stripes win 1–0 and move on the semi final against Germany. Morgan and Holiday were then paired up together in the center mid allowing Carli Lloyd to play freely. The U.S. Won 2–0.
|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
|#||NumberOfGoals.goalNumber scored by the player in the match (alternate notation to Goal in match)|
|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|
|Light-blue background color – FIFA women's world cup qualification match|
NOTE: some keys may not apply for a particular football player
|2[n 1]||2014-02-13[m 3]||USAAtlanta||Russia||90.Start||1.1||65||
|World Cup qualifier:Group A|
|4||2015-04-04[m 5]||USASt. Louis||New Zealand||1.1||81||
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
- 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy Winner
- 2015 Mary Garber Award Winner
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- Lee Enterprises. "MAC gives Hermann awards to Maryland's Mullins, Virginia's Brian". stltoday.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
- "Morgan Brian Repeats as MAC Hermann Trophy Winner". virginiasports.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
- "Houston Dash select USWNT midfielder Morgan Brian with No. 1 overall pick in NWSL College Draft". Houston Dynamo. January 15, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- "Morgan Brian Is All Grown Up". US Soccer Federation. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- "Morgan BRIAN". FIFA.com.
- "U.S. WNT Defeats Korea Republic 4–1 in Foxborough, Mass.". ussoccer.com. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
- Match reports
- "U.S. WNT Takes down Mexico 7–0 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.". U.S.Soccer.
- "USWNT stats".
- "U.S. WNT Routs Russia 8–0 in Second Leg in Front of 16,133 Fans at Georgia Dome". U.S. Soccer Federation. February 13, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
- "WNT Defeats Haiti 6–0 to Earn Top Seed in Semifinals of 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship". U.S.Soccer.
- "U.S. WNT 4 vs. New Zealand 0". U.S.Soccer.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Morgan Brian.|
- Official website
- Morgan Brian – FIFA competition record
- Morgan Brian Houston Dash player profile
- US Soccer player profile
- University of Virginia player profile
- TopDrawerSoccer player profile
- Morgan Brian on Twitter