Roster: USWNT squad picked for European friendlies

Vlatko Andonovski named 23 players for the U.S. national team trip to Europe, where it will play women's friendly games against Sweden in Stockholm (April 10) and France in Le Havre (April 13).

The squad is the same as the original team he picked for the SheBelieves Cup. It includes Alana Cook, who was later replaced on the SheBelieves Cup roster by Casey Krueger after Cook's French club, Paris St. Germain, chose not to release her, citing FIFA's COVID-19 release policies.

Andonovski named Krueger as one of several contenders for spots on the 2021 U.S. Olympic team who are unavailable due to injuries. The others are two-time world champion Tobin Heath and Mallory Pugh. He also mentioned veterans Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger, who play for the Orlando Pride.

"I wouldn’t say it’s safe to say the 18 [Olympic roster players] are going to come from this 23," he said.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 5)
Casey Murphy (NC Courage; 0)
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 67)
DEFENDERS (8):
Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 2/0)
Abby Dahlkemper (Man. City, ENG; 65/0)
Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 28/1)
Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns; 109/24)
Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 134/2)
Midge Purce (Sky Blue FC; 6/1)
Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns; 182/0)
Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 51/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 108/20)
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 91/20)
Rose Lavelle (Man. City, ENG; 51/14)
Catarina Macario (Lyon, FRA; 3/1),
Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 21/4),
Samantha Mewis (Man. City, ENG; 70/21)
FORWARDS (6):
Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 299/124)
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 173/108)
Christen Press (Man. United, ENG; 142/60)
Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 173/57)
Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns; 3/0)
Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 33/10)
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.

4 comments about "Roster: USWNT squad picked for European friendlies".
  1. R2 Dad, March 24, 2021 at 11:21 a.m.

    Just saw highlights of Barca/Man City 3-0. Spain is coming for you, USWNT. The USSF can be proactive and start changing the player profiles and style of play now, or just wait until Spain finally develops a world-class striker and try to play catch-up. My money is on the latter not the former--there is too much hubris at USSF. The current inertia is too great to overcome. 

  2. Nick Gabris replied, March 24, 2021 at 11:51 a.m.

    Start with cycling out the older generation players for the younger ones. 

  3. R2 Dad replied, March 24, 2021 at 3:57 p.m.

    Lippy on a pig, Nick. The USSF default is to counterattack faster/harder/longer. That's not going to be good enough in the future. We have time now, while we are still at the top of the game, to migrate to more positional play, more posession. In the future we're not going to have enough of the ball to turn it over as frequently as we do. France and Spain are targeting us in 2023. Those countries have the sport history, the culture, the clubs. They're just awaiting the next generation of players. it's only a matter of time.

  4. James Madison, March 24, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

    Unfortunately the women have defaulted to the style of he men.  Is there something in the water we drink that both genders now ignore learning to play soccer?

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