USWNT’s Alex Morgan and Mallory Pugh back for Germany friendlies

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Alex Morgan and Mallory Pugh will return to top rankings United States women’s national soccer team for friendlies against Germany No. 3, strengthening a team that has lost consecutive games for the first time in 5½ years.

After missing losses against England and SpainMorgan (knee injury) and Pugh (family reasons) will report to training camp in South Florida ahead of games Nov. 10 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Nov. 13 in Harrison, NJ

Both were top scorers and five MVP finalists in the National Women’s Soccer League this season. They will reunite with rising American star Sophia Smith, who last week received the league MVP trophy and won the top prize on Saturday after the Portland Thorns win 2-0 over Kansas City Current at Audi Field.

Also returning to the 24-man USA squad are midfielder Taylor Kornieck, who pulled out of the European tour due to an ankle injury, and left-back Emily Fox, who missed the game against Spain after suffering a concussion against England.

For the most part, coach Vlatko Andonovski picked his usual staff. One exception was goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, a member of the 2019 World Cup roster who helped Kansas City reach the final after a last place finish in 2021. Franch was called up for the first time in a year, winning instead on Aubrey Kingsbury to join Alyssa Naeher. and Casey Murphy at camp.

Alyssa Thompson, a 17-year-old striker, received her second call-up after making her debut against England and Spain.

While Andonovski continues preparations for the World Cup next summer in Australia and New Zealand, several regulars remain unavailable due to injuries: Sam Mewis, Catarina Macario, Kelley O’Hara, Emily Sonnett, Tierna Davidson, Christen Press, Lynn Williams and Abby Dahlkemper.

Additionally, Julie Ertz and Casey Krueger have been inactive after giving birth this summer.

Games against Germany will mark the end of the 2022 US schedule. According to people familiar with the team’s plans, the group plans to reunite in January for a camp in New Zealand and two friendlies against the national team. New Zealander. (During the World Cup, the US team will be based in New Zealand, which co-hosts the tournament with Australia.)

Andonovski said he aims to schedule nine tune-ups for the World Cup in 2023.

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Despite a still high level FIFA Ranking, Germany have not beaten the United States since the semi-finals of the 2003 World Cup, a streak of 15 games (0-10-5). He will, however, arrive here on a 9-1-0 streak, with the defeat coming to England in the European Championship final on July 31 at Wembley Stadium.

“Now that we know the [World Cup] opponents, now that we know what the path to winning the World Cup will be, we can dive a little more into the details more and more,” Andonovski said. “Every game is important. Every training is important. Every meeting is important and everyone in the environment understands the importance of every second we spend together.

Four Washington Spirit players made the list: midfielders Ashley Sanchez and Andi Sullivan and forwards Trinity Rodman and Ashley Hatch.

Ticket sales are going well: nearly 15,000 at the 18,000-seat DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale and about 24,000 at the 25,000-seat Red Bull Arena in Harrison, according to the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Guardians: Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).

Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland).

Midfielders: Sam Coffey (Portland), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyonnais), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington).

Attackers: Ashley Hatch (Washington), Alex Morgan (San Diego), Mallory Pugh (Chicago), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington), Sophia Smith (Portland), Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy).

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