March 27, 2023

United States ladies’s nationwide staff head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named his roster for the upcoming September friendlies towards Nigeria. The 23 participant roster is almost similar to the 2022 Concacaf W Championship squad with no new additions to the combo after the staff received the competitors and certified for the 2023 FIFA Ladies’s World Cup, 2024 Paris Olympic Video games, and 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup.

The 2 video games collection would be the first recreation for the USWNT since successful the Concacaf W Championship. The squad will prepare for the pair of friendlies towards Nigeria in September, with the primary match going down at Youngsters’s Mercy Park in Kansas Metropolis, Kansas, and the second recreation at Audi Discipline in Washington, D.C. — which would be the first match for the USWNT within the MLS dwelling of D.C. United. 

“All of the gamers on the roster carried out nicely in Mexico at qualifying and have carried that type for his or her golf equipment, so we’ll proceed the method of rising as a staff with this group in what shall be two difficult video games towards Nigeria,” stated Andonovski. “Making ready for the World Cup is an extended course of, and I’ve been very pleased with how our staff understands that course of, is keen to do the work and is making optimistic strides each camp to get us to the place we need to be subsequent summer season.”

The one participant from the Concacaf W Championship roster unavailable for the September collection is defender Emily Sonnett, who’s working her manner again from damage. Midfielder Sam Coffey changed ahead Ashley Hatch through the July match, and each gamers are making a return for the September fixtures. 

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Defender Crystal Dunn additionally makes her return to USWNT camps, after spending time away on maternity depart. After giving beginning to her son Marcel on Could 20, Dunn returns to take part in trainings however won’t function within the September matches. 

Beneath you’ll discover the entire roster and a few takeaways:

USWNT roster

Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Braveness), Alyssa
Naeher (Chicago Pink Stars)

Defenders (6): Alana Prepare dinner (OL Reign), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave
FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders (7): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0); Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA), Taylor
Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez
(Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards (7): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Mallory Pugh
(Chicago Pink Stars), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman
(Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)

Consistency with just a few returning faces

Andonovski’s minimal modifications to the roster for September friendlies are doubtless in keeping with the following part for the staff as they give the impression of being to construct cohesion and chemistry forward of the 2023 World Cup. Dunn’s return to coaching camp is only one instance of the reintegration of skilled gamers again into the fold which can doubtless proceed over the following eight to 9 months because the teaching employees prepares to make extra concrete choices for the World Cup.

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“I completely happy the place we’re at, we’re capable of nonetheless determine the right combination. suppose that we’re heading in the right direction. We’re transferring in the precise course,” Andonovski stated. 

“And once I say the right combination, I imply the right combination of youth and expertise, as a result of we do want the younger gamers however not any younger gamers. We’re speaking younger, high quality, younger gamers like Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh, Catarina Macario — we see Naomi Girma now and [Emily] Fox that they’re doing very nicely. However we additionally want we’d like the skilled gamers there, to be there to point out them the way in which.”

Crystal Dunn returns forward of schedule 

The staff has navigated the 2022 calendar yr with out some acquainted faces because of both damage or maternity depart, although the potential return of Dunn into the combo forward of schedule does result in different questions on the place different gamers are of their timeline again into the USWNT pool.

“We do imagine Crystal may have time along with her along with her membership staff earlier than the tip of the yr, and we do imagine that she goes to be enjoying minutes for us in one of many upcoming video games,” Andovski confirmed through the press convention. “Now what these minutes are going to seem like, I can’t be extra exact, as a result of we have to see the place Crystal is correct now when she is available in camp. However to date, we all know that she’s forward of schedule.”

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The staff has additionally been with out Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, and Tierna Davidson this yr because of decrease leg accidents. and Catarina Macario can also be rehabbing from an ACL damage. Although Andonvski seems like the vast majority of gamers received’t be out there to get again into camp till early 2023.

“There’s no updates by way of by way of particular dates after they’re coming again. We all know Catarina is recovering nicely, she’s truly going to go in a particular clinic in Qatar to do some further rehab for 5 weeks. Tierna is doing very nicely, she’s on the level now the place she will be able to run and contact the ball a bit bit. Lynn, she’s doing nicely, we’re not gonna see her till the tip of this yr, hopefully starting of subsequent yr 

They’re all common updates, no one, none of them is anyplace near being again on the sphere. The closest one is Crystal, and he or she’s again within the atmosphere.”