Andonovski names 22 players for USWNT games in Australia through end of 2021

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CHICAGO (November 9, 2021) – United States Women’s National Team Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski has named 22 players for the trip to Australia which will include two games against the Women’s World Cup co-hosts FIFA 2023 to end the 2021 calendar.

The roster includes 10 members of the 2020 Olympic team and 12 players with 10 or fewer caps – including five uncapped players – and has an average age of 26.3. Andonovski will choose 18 players to equip for each of the two matches.

The first match will take place at Stadium Australia in Sydney on Saturday, November 27 at 3:00 p.m. local time (Friday, November 26 at 11:00 p.m. ET on FS2) and the second will be at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday, November 30 at 8:05 p.m. local time (4:05 a.m.ET). on ESPN).

“We still have a few injured players so this roster is a mix of players with a lot of World Cup and Olympics experience, some who have been on the program for a while but are looking to make their mark. international soccer and a few who get a first chance with the national team in an event like this, “said Andonovski.” We have turned the page on qualifying for the 2023 World Cup and we rarely have the chance to test young players in environments filled with adversity, so we have to take advantage of what these two games will offer us. It’s exciting to have the chance to see all these players together in our environment and give them the chance to play against one of the best teams in the world.

Twenty-one of the 22 players in the roster play in the National Women’s Soccer League with 17 on teams that made the NWSL playoffs. Midfielder Catarina Macario, who has scored eight goals in her last nine games with Olympique de Lyon in France, is the only player in the roster not to play at the national level.

The United States Women’s National Team has not played in Australia for 21 years. The most recent visits were in 2000, a year in which the United States competed in three different competitions in Australia, the latest being the Sydney Olympics where the United States won a silver medal. . Football Australia expects large crowds for both matches.


US Women’s National Team lineup by position (Caps / Goals) – November matches against Australia:

GUARDIANS (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)

MIDFIELDER (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 ( Spirit of Washington; 0/0), Andi Sullivan (Spirit of Washington; 20/2)

BEFORE (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)

Additional Notes:

  • The list includes 10 players who won bronze medals at the 2020 Olympics and six who were part of the team that won the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

  • After 36-year-old veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn, followed by 30-year-old midfielder Kristie Mewis. The youngest is 21-year-old forward Sophia Smith.

  • There are only two players on the roster who are 30 or older – Sauerbrunn and Mewis. The average age of the remaining 20 players will be 25.6 on the first day of the game in Australia.

  • The average selection per player on the 22-player roster is 32.

  • Andonovski called two uncapped goalies in six-foot Bella Bixby from Portland Thorns FC and six-foot Casey Murphy one from North Carolina Courage. Both have enjoyed quality seasons with their respective clubs and Murphy made a playoff record 13 saves in a 1-0 quarterfinal loss to the Washington Spirit on November 7.

  • This is the first time the USWNT has had two goalies six feet or taller on a single team.

  • While Murphy has yet to hit a cap, this will be his sixth training session with the full USWNT. Most recently, she was with the United States on the trip to Sweden and France last April and she was the United States’ starting goalie at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. of Bixby’s first full WNT summons, although she had experience with the Under-23 USWNT in 2017 and 2018 when she was known as Bella Geist, prior to her marriage.

  • The two goalies join 2020 Olympian Jane Campbell, who has seven caps and got a shutout against South Korea on Oct. 26 in Minnesota.

  • Sauerbrunn is by far the most experienced player on the roster with 197 caps, and she is joined by 2020 Olympic team center-backs Dahlkemper (77) and Tierna Davidson (43) as well as away back Emily Sonnett (61), who played in two matches in Japan. The three other defenders total 15 selections.

  • Seven of those caps belong to Sofia Huerta, who most recently played away for OL Reign and is the only player in women’s football history to have played for the United States and Mexico at the senior level. Huerta changed associations in 2017 and won her caps in 2017 and 2018, but was not back with the WNT until this trip.

  • Huerta was tied for the NWSL’s lead in regular season assists this year with six.

  • Alana Cook, also of OL Reign, won one of her two career caps in 2021, playing the all-around 90 against Colombia on January 22.

  • The other defenseman is Emily Fox of Racing Louisville, who has performed well in the United States’ last two games against South Korea in October, where she earned her fifth and six caps.

  • The midfielders are perhaps the most experienced group of positions. Washington Spirit’s Andi Sullivan (20 caps) and Ashley Sanchez (0 caps) are the only two of six midfielders who were not at the 2020 Olympics.

  • Sullivan’s experience with the Senior National Team dates back to 2016, when she was a junior at Stanford University. Sullivan started as a defensive midfielder in the United States’ final game against South Korea on October 26.

  • This will be the third full WNT camp for Sanchez, who made history by being the first American to compete in the Women’s Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups in the same cycle, which she did in 2016. She also attended the October 2020 Boot Camp in Denver and was called to a Boot Camp under Jill Ellis in March 2016. She also attended the US Boot Camp WNT Identification in December 2019.

  • The forward squad includes only one Olympian, Lynn Williams, who scored a goal and an assist in the quarter-final win over the Netherlands in Japan and has 13 goals in 43 career caps.

  • The other five forwards have 19 caps and three international goals, two for Margaret Purce and one for Smith.

  • Of the six forwards, four of them – Bethany Balcer, Ashley Hatch, Smith and Morgan Weaver – were at the US WNT ID training camp in December 2019. Aside from the ID camp, this will be the second full USWNT event for Balcer and the first for Weaver.

  • Hatch received the Golden Boot this season as the NWSL’s top scorer with 10 goals while also scoring the game winner in the 1-0 quarterfinal victory over North Carolina Courage on November 7. Balcer and Margaret Purce finished the regular game. season with nine apiece while Williams and Smith had seven scores apiece. Smith led the league in shots with 72 and shots on goal with 36.

  • Hatch won her first cap in 2016 in Sandy, Utah, in a 16-minute performance against Switzerland while still playing at BYU. She got her second in 2018 against Mexico.

  • Eight of the NWSL’s 10 clubs have players on the roster, with Portland Thorns FC having five. OL Reign and the Washington Spirit have four each and the Houston Dash has three.

  • Eleven players from the list represented the United States at a FIFA Women’s World Cup at youth level.

  • Three players from the list have been named to the NWSL’s October Team of the Month: Huerta, Hatch and Purce.

  • Five players from the list are in the running for the 2021 end-of-season NWSL Awards.

  • MVP: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit) and Margaret Purce (NJ / NY Gotham FC)

  • Defender of the Year: Alana Cook (OL Reign)
    Goalkeeper of the Year: Bella Bixby (Portland Thorns FC)

  • Rookie of the Year: Emily Fox (Racing Louisville)

  • Fox is one of only two players who are vying for post-season awards from NWSL teams that did not make the playoffs.

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