(Nov. 14, 2014) - One of the newest members of the Boston Breakers is having quite the experience in Scotland. Currently on loan with Glasgow City FC, forward Morgan Marlborough became part of history this week with her Scottish team.
(Nov. 14, 2014) - One of the newest members of the Boston Breakers is having quite the experience in Scotland. Currently on loan with Glasgow City FC, forward Morgan Marlborough became part of history this week with her Scottish team. Glasgow City beat FC Zurich Frauen in the second leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions Leg (UWCL) Round of 16 to become the first team from Scotland to reach the UWCL quarterfinals.
“It is such an honor to be a part of this team that has reached the quarterfinals. We came back in both the round of 32 and 16 after two losses in the first leg of each, and to become victorious just shows the heart and character of each of my teammates. It was a total team effort and I am so proud of this team,” Marlborough said. “It has been awesome competing in the Champions League. It is exciting competing against the champions from other countries and getting a feel for how soccer is played all around the world.”
Morgan Marlborough, fourth from left, celebrates with Glasgow City after their win over FC Zurich (Photo courtesy Glasgow City Facebook)
Glasgow City’s Champions League run looked to be over Wednesday, Nov. 12, when FC Zurich went ahead, 1-0 early, taking a 3-1 lead on aggregate, but City got two quick goals in the second half to go ahead, 2-1, and pull level on aggregate. However, FC Zurich led on away goals and the away side tied the match in the 66th minute and had a 4-3 lead on aggregate. But City staged a miraculous comeback, scoring two goals in the final 10 minutes to take a 4-2 win (5-4 aggregate) and advance to the quarterfinals. Marlborough played 78 minutes in the win.
The draw for the Champions League quarterfinals takes place Wednesday, Nov. 19. The first leg of the quarterfinals will be held March 21/22 with the return leg set for March 28/29. The semifinals are set for April 18/19 and 25/26, and the final takes place May 14 in Berlin.
Glasgow City are back in action this Sunday (Nov. 16) when they play Spartans in the Scottish Cup. The match, to be played at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld, kicks off at 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET).
“I have had such a great experience playing for Glasgow City. I feel I have learned a lot about myself as a player and person,” Marlborough said. “I love the friendships I am developing and have enjoyed competing in both the Scottish League and Champions League.”
The final eight teams in the 2014/15 UEFA Women's Champions League
Glasgow City won the Scottish Women’s Premier League this season, marking the eighth SWPL title for the club. Marlborough has enjoyed every minute of her experience in Scotland.
“It is really neat to be able to play for a club overseas,” she said. “It's a learning experience to play under different coaches and with new players. I definitely learned a lot from both my coaches and teammates.”
Marlborough has also enjoyed her time off the field.
“I like to adventure into different coffee shops and get a latte and read. I also enjoy going into the city and seeing the different shopping and architecture,” she said. “The city in Glasgow is a beautiful place, and the shopping is unreal.”
Marlborough will return to the Breakers for the 2015 NWSL season, her first in Boston after playing in 2014 for NWSL champions FC Kansas City.
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