European tour: Crystal Dunn returns to U.S. squad, 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson gets call-up

Vlatko Andonovski has named a 24-player squad for the USA's two friendly matches in October.

The USA will face England on Oct. 7 at sold-out Wembley Stadium in London and play Spain four days later at El Sadar Stadium in Pamplona.

His squad includes Crystal Dunn, who started for the USA when it won the 2019 World Cup in France and gave birth to a son in mid-May. She trained with the USA during its September camp but did not dress for the friendly games against Nigeria,

Andonovski also called up 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson, who recently played for the USA at the U-20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica, where it was knocked out in the first round. She plays for Total Futbol Academy's boys team in MLS Next and is the youngest player to be called up for a full national team camp since 16-year-old Sophia Smith in April 2017.

Of Andonovski's initial call-ups for the Concacaf W Championship, which the USA won to qualify for next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and the 2024 Olympic women's soccer competition, Kelley O'Hara, Emily Sonnett and Alex Morgan are missing with injuries -- Morgan's knee injury isn't believed to be severe -- and Midge Purce was not called up because of what Andonovski described as her "dip in her form" with last-place NWSL club Gotham FC.

Megan Rapinoe (who started) and Becky Sauerbrunn (a late sub) are the only players who played for the USA when it beat Japan, 2-1, to win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics before 80,203 fans and will be on the trip to Europe next week after the NWSL regular season ends.

"They know what it takes to win big games and play environments like this and be successful," said Andonovski.

He said the goal of the trip is to get younger players a chance to experience playing in front of a large crowd on the road.

"These are big tests for our team in front of crowds cheering against us and after long travel, but our players absolutely love games like these,” added Andonovski. “The group we are bringing to Europe includes players who have a lot of experience against top European teams and some that don’t, so these games are even more critical for our growth as our team. Our whole squad needs to get a clear picture of what these games are like as we continue to prepare for the World Cup.”

Andonovski was at the Euro 2022 final played this summer at Wembley, where England beat Germany, 2-1, with 87,192 in attendance.

U.S. Roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (KC Current), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns).
Midfielders (8): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville), Lindsey Horan (Lyon, FRA), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit).
Forwards (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy).

Photo: Brad Smith/ISI Photos

3 comments about "European tour: Crystal Dunn returns to U.S. squad, 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson gets call-up".
  1. Nick Gabris, September 30, 2022 at 12:59 p.m.

    Anyone have an update on Macario's progress??

  2. Ben Myers, September 30, 2022 at 4:26 p.m.

    Very interesting that Alyssa Thompson plays on a boys team at Total Futbol Academy.  It says something about her athletic ability, in addition to being technically and tactically astute and about to hold her own physically. Too often, coaches pass up oppurtunities to develop girls in soccer by having them on a boys' team.

  3. Santiago 1314, October 3, 2022 at 10:57 a.m.

    I'm Not sure she Deserves this "Reward" after the u20 Melt Down. 
    Clearly the Best Player we have in that Age Group... I noted then...

    1. "Santiago1314, August 18, 2022 at 6:30 a.m

      When I saw the Team Sheet, I thought For a Moment That the Coach had figured it Out… 

      USA Team had No Left Wing, but, we Learned in the Debacle with Holland, that “Battleship Guidry” could get to the End Line and Whip in Left Footed Crosses.(Because she Certainly can’t Defend Out Wide, cause she Turns as Quickly as A Battleship)

      By Starting (2) #9s in Sentnor and Cooper, with Thompson at WIDE RT. Wing, I thought we were going to see a Display of USA Aerial Power… Instead we got Center Forwards alternating at playing Left Wing and then when the Crosses came in from Thompson, there was NO One at the Near Post and NO One at the Far Post.!!! And Thompson, (Most Disappointing player of the Match)… She Looked like a deer in the Head Lights… Scared, Unsure, Pale and Pasty…This Should have been her game to Shine against Players of her Stature and Physique… She kept Wandering Inside and Dropping all the way Back to Rt.Def
      A Total Mental Collapse…"

      Hopefully she has Learned her Lesson and will be better Mentally Prepared for this Debut.

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