Alex Morgan called up to U.S. women’s national team

June 2, 2014 Team USA

Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan and midfielders Tobin Heath and Allie Long have been called up by the U.S. women’s national team for international friendlies against France on June 14 and June 19.

This is the first time this year that Morgan has been called into national team camp. Morgan has been recovering from a stress reaction in her ankle since the beginning of the year.

In 2013, Morgan appeared in 12 games for the United States, recording six goals and four assists.

“We spent eight weeks getting her ready,” Thorns coach Paul Riley said. “So, I hope they’re intelligent enough to do what they need to do to make sure she comes back in one piece.”

Long earns her second call up to the U.S women’s national team. She made her first international appearance with the senior national team as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Canada on May 8.

“It’s great for Allie,” Riley said. “She deserves to be there, obviously, full time…she’s had a great season so far for us.”

Thorns defender and U.S. women’s national team player Rachel Van Hollebeke is recovering from an ankle injury and was unavailable to be called up.

Heath has been playing abroad and is not expected to join the Thorns until the end of June.

Long and Morgan will depart for the U.S. women’s national team following Portland’s home match against the Western New York Flash Saturday and will return on Friday, June 20 before Portland’s road match against the Washington Spirit on June 21.

Long and Morgan will miss Portland’s home match against the Washington Spirit on June 15.

“Obviously, Alex we’re pleased that she’s going back in,” Riley said. “I’d rather have her here for the game, but it is what it is.”

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