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

United States ladies’s nationwide group head coach Vlatko Andonovski has actually called his lineup for the upcoming September friendlies versus Nigeria. The 23 gamer lineup is almost similar to the 2022 Concacaf W Championship team without any brand-new additions to the mix after the group won the competitors and received the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2024 Paris Olympic Games, and 2024 Concacaf W Gold Cup.

The 2 video games series will be the very first video game for the USWNT given that winning the Concacaf W Championship. The team will train for the set of friendlies versus Nigeria in September, with the very first match occurring at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, and the 2nd video game at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. — which will be the very first match for the USWNT in the MLS house of D.C. United. 

“All the players on the roster performed well in Mexico at qualifying and have carried that form for their clubs, so we’ll continue the process of growing as a team with this group in what will be two challenging games against Nigeria,” stated Andonovski. “Preparing for the World Cup is a long process, and I’ve been very happy with how our team understands that process, is willing to do the work and is making positive strides every camp to get us to where we want to be next summer.”

The just gamer from the Concacaf W Championship lineup not available for the September series is protector Emily Sonnett, who is working her method back from injury. Midfielder Sam Coffey changed forward Ashley Hatch throughout the July competition, and both gamers are making a return for the September components. 

Defender Crystal Dunn likewise makes her go back to USWNT camps, after hanging out away on maternity leave. After bring to life her kid Marcel on May 20, Dunn go back to take part in trainings however will not include in the September matches. 

Below you’ll discover the total lineup and some takeaways:

USWNT lineup

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

Defenders (6): Alana Cook (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 Red 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 very little modifications to the lineup for September friendlies are most likely in line with the next stage for the group as they seek to develop cohesion and chemistry ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Dunn’s go back to training school is simply one example of the reintegration of skilled gamers back into the fold which will likely continue over the next 8 to 9 months as the training personnel prepares to make more concrete choices for the World Cup.

“I happy where we’re at, we’re able to still figure out the right mix. think that we’re on the right track. We’re moving in the right direction,” Andonovski stated. 

“And when I say the right mix, I mean the right mix of youth and experience, because we do need the young players but not any young players. We’re talking young, quality, young players like Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh, Catarina Macario — we see Naomi Girma now and [Emily] Fox that they’re doing very well. But we also need we need the experienced players there, to be there to show them the way.”

Crystal Dunn returns ahead of schedule 

The group has actually browsed the 2022 fiscal year without some familiar faces due to either injury or maternity leave, though the possible return of Dunn into the mix ahead of schedule does result in other concerns about where other gamers remain in their timeline back into the USWNT swimming pool.

“We do believe Crystal will have time with her with her club team before the end of the year, and we do believe that she is going to be playing minutes for us in one of the upcoming games,” Andovski verified throughout journalism conference. “Now what those minutes are going to look like, I cannot be more precise, because we need to see where Crystal is right now when she comes in camp. But so far, we know that she’s ahead of schedule.”

The group has actually likewise lacked Samantha Mewis, Lynn Williams, and Tierna Davidson this year due to lower leg injuries. and Catarina Macario is likewise rehabbing from an ACL injury. Though Andonvski seems like most of gamers will not be offered to return into camp till early 2023.

“There’s no updates in regards to in regards to particular dates when they’re returning. We understand Catarina is recuperating well, she’s in fact going to enter an unique center in Qatar to do some additional rehabilitation for 5 weeks. Tierna is doing effectively, she’s at the point now where she can run and touch the ball a bit. Lynn, she’s succeeding, we’re not gonna see her till completion of this year, ideally starting of next year 

They’re all basic updates, no one, none is anywhere near being back on the field. The closest one is Crystal, and she’s back in the environment.”

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