July 5, 2015
By Michael Lewis
Morgan Brian can play for the USA
|Moran Brian isn't afraid to get airborne while battling for the ball.
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VANCOUVER -- Midfielder Morgan Brian is ready to play for the United States in the Women's World Cup final Sunday.
Brian was involved in a head collision with Germany's Alexandra Popp in the first half of the Americans' 2-0 semifinal win in Montreal Tuesday.
Both players went up for a head ball and cracked heads. Popp wound up bleeding and needed a bandage around her head for the second half and Brian looked out of sorts.
"She's been great," USA head coach Jill Ellis said in a press conference Friday. "Trained 100 percent today. The medical staff has done their job and their diligence. She looked good out there in training."
It was determined on Wednesday that Brian had not suffered a concussion.
Brian, the youngest player on the team at 22, played a key role in the USA victory. She was inserted to play as a holding midfielder alongside Lauren Holiday while Carli Lloyd was pushed up front to be a withdrawn forward.
There is speculation that Ellis will deploy the same lineup when the Americans face off with Japan at B.C. Place Sunday.