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Lavelle, Mewis, Macario headline USWNT roster for Australia friendlies

The U.S. women’s national team will hit the road for the final time in 2021 with some familiar faces headlining Vlatko Andonovski’s roster.

Rose Lavelle, Kristie Mewis, and Catarina Macario headlined Andonovski’s 22-player roster for a pair of November friendlies at Australia. The roster features ten members of the 2020 Olympic Team and 12 players with 10 caps or less, including five uncapped players. 18 players will be chosen to suit up for each of the two matches.

“We still have a few players out with injuries, so this roster is a mixture of players with a lot of experience in World Cups and Olympics, some who have been a part of the program for a while but who are looking to make their mark in international soccer and a few who are getting a first chance with the National Team in an event like this,” said Andonovski.

“We’ve turned the page towards 2023 World Cup qualifying and rarely do we get the chance to test young players in environments filled with adversity, so we need to take advantage of what these two games will offer us. It’s exciting to get a chance to see all these players together in our environment and give them a chance to play against one of the best teams in the world.”

The first match will take place at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Nov. 27 while the second will be at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Nov. 30. It will be the the Americans first trip to Australia since 2000 and the first overall meeting between the two national teams since this past summer’s Olympic Games.

Bella Bixby, Casey Murphy, Ashley Sanchez, Bethany Balcer, and Morgan Weaver will all be seeking their first senior caps for the USWNT this month.

Here’s a closer look at the 22-player roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bella Bixby (Portland Thorns FC; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 7), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0)

DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash; 77/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 43/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 6/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 7/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 197/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 61/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 106/24), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 66/17), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 12/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 31/4), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 0/0), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 20/2)

FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (OL Reign; 0/0), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 7/2), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 10/1), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 43/13), Morgan Weaver (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0)


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