U.S. women return to New York with 'new squad, new vibe'

The last time the U.S. women's national team took over New York, it was for a ticker-tape parade down Broadway to celebrate their 2015 Women's World Cup championship.

Ahead of the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, the U.S. women are back in New York for their final tune-up game against Mexico on Sunday across the Hudson River at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

But first they had stops to make, an appearance at Times Square on Thursday and on Good Morning America Friday morning in Central Park followed by a media day at Twitter’s New York headquarters.

GMA's Michael Strahan asked Megan Rapinoe, one of the USA's three captains, how it felt to be back on the show four years after they were sent off on their way to Canada.

Rapinoe joked that they needed to retrace their steps for good luck before adding, "It feels like a new vibe, a new squad."

Eleven new players were picked by Coach Jill Ellis to her 23-player squad for the 2019 Women's World Cup, and she is expected to start five new starters, including Alyssa Naeher, who was a backup goalkeeper in 2015.

Ellis said the changes were made to adapt to the ever-evolving women's game and in the aftermath of the 2016 Olympics, where the USA was unable to break out the Swedish defense and it exited in a shootout after a 0-0 tie.

"Teams are going to come up with a lot of different formulas," she said, "in terms of trying to nullify what we have or break us down.”
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