ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A little more than two years before she cradled the World Cup trophy in the same stadium, Alex Morgan attempted a quieter exit in Lyon. Minutes after playing the second leg of a Champions League semifinal with Olympique Lyonnais, she walked through the mixed zone oblivious to the surrounding interviews in French. Her eyes were locked instead on a phone as she watched the beginning of her husband's MLS game several thousand miles away.
Matildas defender Clare Polkinghorne's stint with American club Houston Dash is over with the veteran returning to Australia for personal reasons.
The Dash announced on Thursday that the 30-year-old had been granted an immediate release due to "personal family reasons."
Capped 118 times by Australia, Polkinghorne has been with the National Women's Soccer League club since June 2018 and has been an ever-present this season either side of this year's Women's World Cup in France.