Feb. 8, 2013
BERKELEY - Three former Golden Bears are making news at the professional level.
Olympic gold medalist and World Cup star Alex Morgan - who played at Cal from 2007-10 - is in training camp with the U.S. Women's National Team, as it prepares for a pair of friendlies with Scotland on Feb. 9 and 13. The Saturday match will take place in Jacksonville, Fla., while next Wednesday's game is slated for Nashville, Tenn. Additionally, Morgan joined the new women's professional league in the United States - the National Women's Soccer League - when U.S. Soccer allocated her to Portland Thorns FC in January.
Also in the NWSL, the Western New York Flash selected erstwhile Bear Kim Yokers with the seventh pick - and 23rd pick overall - in the third round. Yokers - who played at Cal from 2000-03 - played professionally for FC Gold Pride in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) from 2009-10 and more recently for the New York Fury in the semi-pro Women's Premier Soccer League. The Flash is a familiar destination for Golden Bears, as the club selected Morgan with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. Morgan led the team to the last WPS championship, also in 2011.
Betsy Hassett - a former Cal teammate of Morgan whose college career spanned 2009-12 - signed on with SC Sand, which plays in the German Second Division or Bundesliga 2. The midfielder completed her Cal career in style last fall, leading the Bears to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and earning All-Pac-12 First-Team and NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second-Team status. Hassett ranked second in points (17), goals (6) and assists (5) for the Bears in her senior season. At Cal's end of the year banquet, the Bears named Hassett their Most Valuable Player. She also earned national academic distinction with a spot on the NSCAA Scholar All-America First Team
The 5-1 Auckland product is also a talented international player who competed for New Zealand's Football Ferns in London last summer, played in the 2011 World Cup in Japan and took part in the 2008 Under-20 World Cup in Chile.