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SportWomen's World Cup: Banged-up USWNT stars Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz expected to play against Spain

18:05  23 june  2019
18:05  23 june  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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United States national team stars Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are expected to be healthy and available for Monday’s FIFA Women ’ s “ Alex is fine,” Ellis said. “JJ is fine,” she added, referring to Ertz by her longtime nickname. (The former Julie Johnston married NFL player Zach Ertz in 2017.)

United States national team stars Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are expected to be healthy and available for Monday’s FIFA Women ’ s World Cup round of 16 game against Spain , U.S. coach Jill Ellis said.

Women's World Cup: Banged-up USWNT stars Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz expected to play against Spain© Provided by Oath Inc. United States forward Alex Morgan picked up a knock in last week's win over Sweden, but coach Jill Ellis said Sunday that Morgan and midfielder Julie Ertz are "fine" for Monday's Women's World Cup round of 16 match against Spain. (Michael Chow/USA Today) REIMS, France — United States national team stars Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are expected to be healthy and available for Monday’s FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 game against Spain, U.S. coach Jill Ellis said Sunday during her pre-match press conference at Stade Auguste-Delaune.

“Alex is fine,” Ellis said. “JJ is fine,” she added, referring to Ertz by her longtime nickname. (The former Julie Johnston married NFL player Zach Ertz in 2017.)

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Ertz didn’t play in last week’s Group F-winning victory against Sweden after suffering a minor hip injury. Morgan started that contest but was substituted midway through after being kicked by a Swedish player. With the defending champion U.S. already guaranteed a spot in the elimination round, both moves were considered precautionary.

With five goals, all of them in the Americans’ tournament opener against Thailand, Morgan remains the joint-top scorer at France 2019 despite playing just 135 minutes so far. Morgan was rested for the June 16 group stage match versus Chile before returning to the lineup for the first round finale.

She and Ertz, who started both of the USA’s first two games, were key members of the U.S. team that won its record third Women’s World Cup four years ago in Canada.

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U.S. women ’ s national team manager Jill Ellis has said that key performers Alex Morgan and Julie Ertz are both “fine” ahead of Monday’s last-16 The USWNT will take on Spain at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims with a place in the quarterfinal at stake, but the availability of two of its best players

Morgan called their play at times “reckless.” The Americans went ahead in just the seventh minute Spain , along with nations like the Netherlands and Italy, has begun to build a women ’ s program to Alex Morgan has been run down twice already. Spain has clubbed her twice from behind already.

Morgan is now in pole position to become the first American to lead a World Cup in scoring since Michelle Akers did it at the inaugural event in 1991. Australian striker Sam Kerr, who also has five goals in France, won’t play again after the Matildas were knocked out of the competition by Norway on Saturday.

If the U.S. gets past Spain, it will meet the winner of Sunday’s France-Brazil tilt in the quarterfinals on June 28 in Paris.

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