Roster News: Pride Add Morgan, Waive Burkenroad

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The Orlando Pride has added USWNT forward Alex Morgan to the club’s roster today, waiving Christina Burkenroad to make room for last year’s captain, returning from her time with UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyonnais Féminine.

Morgan has been playing in France since January, earning the much-sought French women’s treble with the team as Lyon won the Division 1 Féminine, the Coupe de France Féminine, and UEFA Women’s Champions League titles.

Morgan has been back in the States for a few weeks but has been rehabbing a hamstring injury suffered in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain. She is expected to return to the pitch for Orlando in a few weeks. The Pride have been making strong moves in the league table over the past few weeks as Brazilian international Marta seems to have settled in and found a rhythm with her Orlando teammates. Morgan’s return to the field and the possibilities of a Marta-Morgan scoring team have fans eagerly awaiting the moment she dons Pride purple once again.

In order to stay within the NWSL’s 20-player roster requirement, the Pride has waived forward Christina Burkenroad. Burkenroad was drafted to the Pride in 2016 and has made eight appearances for the team. Burkenroad may not be without a team for long, however, as the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the Norwegian team IK Grand Bodø has expressed interest in her.