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USWNT Release Roster For Lionesses And La Roja Games

CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA - APRIL 12: The United States celebrate a goal by Trinity Rodman #14 (C-L) during the second half against Uzbekistan at Subaru Park on April 12, 2022 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA – APRIL 12: The United States celebrate a goal by Trinity Rodman #14 (C-L) during the second half against Uzbekistan at Subaru Park on April 12, 2022 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 24-player BioSteel Training Camp Roster for two away friendly matches in October as the USA faces European Champions, English Lionesses on Friday, October 7 at the Wembley Stadium in London followed by a match against Spain’s La Roja on Tuesday, October 11 at El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona.

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The coach will name 23 players to suit up for each of the matches.

USA, England, and Spain have qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The USA earned its berth in July at the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which it won to also qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Defender Crystal Dunn, who trained with the USA during its September FIFA window but was not on the roster for the two-legged friendly games against Nigeria which the team won (4-0 and 2-1 respectively), makes her first full training camp roster since the birth of her son in mid-May and will be available for selection.


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Forward Alex Morgan, who is currently on 198 caps, was ruled out of the trip due to a knee injury.

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB) – OCTOBER EUROPEAN TOUR:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): 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 (8): 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 (6): 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)

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Forward Alyssa Thompson, who played for the USA at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, gets her first senior team call-up. The 17-year-old high school senior, who plays club for the U-17 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team in MLS NEXT, is the first player born in 2004 ever called up to the USWNT.

She had a goal and an assist at the U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica in August.
Thompson is the youngest player to be called up for a full National Team camp since 16-year-old Sophia Smith was called up in April of 2017 for the training camp before matches against Russia in Texas.

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Thompson has eight U-20 caps with four goals and is age-eligible for the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Thompson’s younger sister Gisele, who is an outside back, is currently with the U.S. U-17 WYNT preparing for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.

This will be the USWNT’s first visit to Wembley Stadium since the gold medal match at the 2012 Olympic Games, a 2-1 victory for the USA over Japan, and the first-ever meeting between the United States and England Women’s National Teams at London’s green cathedral of soccer.

The match at Wembley will feature a capacity crowd of 80,000+ fans and will mark the largest ever to watch the USA in a friendly match and likely the second largest ever to watch the USWNT in any match behind only the 90,185 fans who filled the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

The current attendance record for a friendly match for the USWNT is the 49,504 fans who saw the USA play Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia after winning the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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