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USWNT roster: Concacaf W Championship-winning squad returns for September camp; Crystal Dunn again in coaching

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United States girls’s nationwide group head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named his roster for the upcoming September friendlies in opposition to Nigeria. The 23 participant roster is sort of similar to the 2022 Concacaf W Championship squad with no new additions to the combination after the group gained 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 sequence would be the first recreation for the USWNT since profitable the Concacaf W Championship. The squad will practice for the pair of friendlies in opposition to Nigeria in September, with the primary match going down at Kids’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 house of D.C. United. 

“All of the gamers on the roster carried out effectively 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 group with this group in what will probably be two difficult video games in opposition to Nigeria,” mentioned Andonovski. “Making ready for the World Cup is a protracted course of, and I have been very pleased with how our group understands that course of, is prepared to do the work and is making constructive strides each camp to get us to the place we need to be subsequent summer time.”

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

Defender Crystal Dunn additionally makes her return to USWNT camps, after spending time away on maternity go away. 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. 

Under you will discover the whole roster and a few takeaways:

USWNT roster

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

Defenders (6): Alana Cook 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 Crimson Stars), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman
(Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)

Consistency with a couple of returning faces

Andonovski’s minimal modifications to the roster for September friendlies are possible in step with the following section for the group as they appear 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 is able to possible proceed over the following eight to 9 months because the teaching employees prepares to make extra concrete selections for the World Cup.

“I glad the place we’re at, we’re capable of nonetheless work out the correct mix. suppose that we’re heading in the right direction. We’re transferring in the correct route,” Andonovski mentioned. 

“And once I say the correct mix, I imply the correct mix 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 are doing very effectively. However we additionally want we want the skilled gamers there, to be there to point out them the way in which.”

Crystal Dunn returns forward of schedule 

The group has navigated the 2022 calendar yr with out some acquainted faces because of both damage or maternity go away, although the potential return of Dunn into the combination 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 group 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 throughout the press convention. “Now what these minutes are going to appear to be, I can’t be extra exact, as a result of we have to see the place Crystal is true now when she is available in camp. However thus far, we all know that she’s forward of schedule.”

The group 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 looks like the vast majority of gamers will not be accessible to get again into camp till early 2023.

“There isn’t any updates by way of by way of particular dates after they’re coming again. We all know Catarina is recovering effectively, she’s really going to go in a particular clinic in Qatar to do some additional rehab for 5 weeks. Tierna is doing very effectively, she’s on the level now the place she will be able to run and contact the ball slightly bit. Lynn, she’s doing effectively, we’re not gonna see her till the tip of this yr, hopefully starting of subsequent yr 

They’re all normal updates, no person, none of them is wherever near being again on the sector. The closest one is Crystal, and he or she’s again within the setting.”

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