The U.S. women’s national team will face two of the world’s best this October with several veterans leading Vlatko Andonovski’s latest roster.
Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, and Megan Rapinoe headlined Andonovski’s 24-player roster for upcoming friendlies against England and Spain. The USWNT will face England at Wembley Stadium on Oct. 7 before taking on Spain at El Sadar Stadium on Oct. 11.
Both England and Spain have qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and are currently in the Top-10 of FIFA’s Women’s Rankings.
“These are big tests for our team in front of crowds cheering against us and after long travel, but our players absolutely love games like these,” said Andonovski. “The group we are bringing to Europe includes players who have a lot of experience against top European teams and some that don’t, so these games are even more critical for our growth as our team. Our whole squad needs to get a clear picture of what these games are like as we continue to prepare for the World Cup.”
Veteran forward Alex Morgan was not named to the roster due to a knee injury, but Crystal Dunn returns to make her first full training camp roster since the birth of her son in mid-May. Also among the players called in was 17-year-old forward Alyssa Thompson, who featured for the USWNT U-20 team at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica.
Several standouts from the USWNT’s title-winning run at the Concacaf W Championship were also named to Andonovski’s roster including forwards Sophia Smith and Trinity Rodman, defender Emily Fox, and midfielder Kristie Mewis.
Here is a closer look at the full USWNT roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC), 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: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy)