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Fuel Soccer Talk: Alex Morgan out for the season; Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic declares himself the “best-ever” in MLS; Video lesson for goalies

Pride Forward Alex Morgan Out for Remainder of 2019 NWSL Season

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan will miss the conclusion of the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, the Club announced today. Morgan has been ruled out for the remainder of the NWSL campaign due to a patella stress reaction in her right knee, stemming from a prior injury while with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“It’s obviously difficult to lose a player of Alex’s caliber due to injury,” Orlando Pride General Manager Erik Ustruck said. “However, after consulting with the Club’s medical team at Orlando Health and U.S. Soccer, we felt it was in the best interest of Alex’s long-term health to shut her down for the season to focus on the rehabilitation process and take the appropriate time to recover from the lingering knee injury.”

Morgan has appeared in six matches for the Pride this season, playing all 90 minutes in each of the four games prior to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Following the title run, Morgan appeared in two more games before her return to play was ultimately cut short after sustaining a concussion on Aug. 21 just six minutes into the team’s match at Chicago.

Morgan, a member of the Pride since 2016, currently holds 33 career NWSL goals with 18 of those coming with Orlando. The forward has recorded seven of her 18 NWSL assists with the Pride.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: “I think I’m the best-ever player in MLS”

There have been some outstanding players that have toiled on Major League Soccer’s fields over the past two decades or so, but there has been only one Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and that’s something else entirely. “I think the two years I’ve had here,” he noted after netting his second hat trick of the season Sunday night to highlight the LA Galaxy‘s 7-2 destruction of Sporting Kansas City, “I’ve done good things, amazing things, and perfect things. …

“I think I’m the best-ever player in MLS. And that’s without joking.”

Well, the stats are on his side. Ibrahimovic‘s 2019 season is closing in on the record books when it comes to goal-scoring dependence on one player. Ibrahimovic, who scored a hat trick in the LA Galaxy’s 7-2 win over Sporting Kansas City to bring his season total to 26 goals in 25 games, now has scored 53.1 percent of his side’s 49 goals so far this year. That mark is bettered by only one player in league history.

VIDEO LESSON: The Basic Foundations of Goalkeeping

Goalkeeping is a really fun position that requires a lot of practice and studying. I’ve trained many goalkeepers from children to adults. All beginner keepers need to work on the foundations of goalkeeping. The keeper ready position is the most important step for a novice keeper. Getting in your keeper ready position will put you in an alert position and makes reacting to a shot easy.

KEEPERS MUST LEARN TO ALWAYS DIVE FORWARD ALWAYS GO FORWARD EVERYTHING IS FORWARD.

The only thing behind us is the goal! We can never willfully fall on our backs when we dive it’s bad technique and will end up in a goal. Catching is instrumental! Make sure you learn how to properly hold a ball this means practicing you W or Diamond catch daily! Bobbling a ball is not acceptable new keepers need to make sure they have “safe” hands.

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