CHICAGO, October 31, 2022 – Vlatko Andonovski, head coach of the United States Women’s National Team, has named a 24-player BioSteel Training Camp Roster for the two home friendly matches against Germany in November.
The USA concludes its 2022 schedule on Thursday, Nov. 10 at DRV PNK Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (5 p.m. ET on ESPN).
The matches feature two of the world’s top three teams, with the Americans currently ranked first and Germany third.
“These are the kinds of games that help our World Cup preparation in many ways,” Andonovski said. “These 180 minutes to end our schedule this year will be extremely valuable for the players and coaches.” “It’ll be nice to have some players back on the roster, and we’re all expecting these games to be very competitive and entertaining for fans.”
Roster of the United States Women’s National Team by Position (Club) – November Friendlies vs. Germany:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), and Alyssa Naeher (North Carolina Courage) (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current), Becky Sauerbrunn (Racing Louisville FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Racing Louisville FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Racing Louisville (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC), 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) (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (7): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Thompson (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Thompson (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Thompson (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Thompson (W (Total Futbol Academy)
Germany made an impressive run to the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro title game, but lost 2-1 in overtime to host England in front of a record crowd at Wembley Stadium. Lina Magull scored the lone goal for Germany in the final, which was played without star forward Alexandra Popp. Popp suffered an injury during warmups and was unable to add to her six tournament goals, which tied her for the most in the competition.
Germany has some of the best young players in the world as well as several world-class veterans, including Popp, who is expected to be on the Germany roster, setting up two exciting games to conclude the USWNT’s 2022 match schedule.
At the Final Draw for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on October 22, the United States learned its group opponents and path through the tournament. The United States was assigned to Group E, where it will face Vietnam (Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand), the Netherlands (Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand), and the winner of the Group A Playoff (Eden Park).
Mallory Pugh (11 goals in the NWSL) and Alex Morgan (15 goals), both of whom missed the October European tour, will return to the USA roster. Morgan enters the November FIFA window with 198 international appearances, making her the 13th player in USWNT history to reach 200 caps.
Taylor Kornieck, who was unable to participate in the European tour due to an ankle injury, is also back on the roster. Defender Emily Fox, who played only 22 minutes in Europe, returns, as does 2021 Olympic bronze medalist and 2019 World Cup winner Adrianna Franch, who has helped the Kansas City Current to the 2022 NWSL Championship Game.
Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), the Golden Boot winner, Most Valuable Player Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), and Rookie of the Year and Defender of the Year Naomi Girma are all on the roster (San Diego Wave FC). Smith was also named MVP of the NWSL Championship Game after scoring to help the Thorns win their third NWSL championship.
Tickets for both games are available at ussoccer.com. With over 24,000 tickets sold, the match at Red Bull Arena is expected to be sold out. There are still over 3,000 tickets available for the match at DVR PNK Stadium. Groups of 20 or more are still available for the match in Ft. Lauderdale, and fans can also order online at ussoccer.com. Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members who contribute to the US Soccer Development Fund will receive personalized customer service and concierge services for their ticketing needs. For more information, visit firstname.lastname@example.org or email email@example.com.
- This will be the USWNT’s first visit to Fort Lauderdale in 22 years, as well as its first match at Inter Miami CF’s current home.
- These will be the United States’ first meetings with the two-time Women’s World Cup champions and eight-time European champions since the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-0 victory in Columbus, Ohio.
- Germany qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Turkey on September 3 (followed by an 8-0 thrashing of Bulgaria on September 6) and topped Group H in UEFA qualifying with a 9-0-1 record, scoring 47 goals and allowing five.
- Germany was drawn into Group H in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Draw, where they will face Morocco, Colombia, and Korea Republic.
- The USWNT has a long history with Germany, dating back to 1991, when the teams met twice. The Americans won the second of those 1991 meetings, a 5-2 victory in the Women’s World Cup semifinal in China PR.
- Apart from Norway and Sweden, the United States and Germany have played each other 33 times. The United States is 22-4-7 all-time against Germany.
- The United States and Germany are the only countries with multiple Women’s World Cup titles, with the United States having four (1991, 1999, 2015, and 2019) and Germany having two (2003 and 2007).
- Morgan returns to the USA roster after missing the USA’s October European tour in search of her 200th career cap, which she could achieve if she appears in both matches against the Germans. Morgan currently ranks 13th in USWNT history with 198 caps, and her 119 career goals, four of which have come against Germany, rank fifth.
- Alyssa Thompson, 17, earns her second senior call-up after earning her first two caps on the European tour, including a memorable debut in front of nearly 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
- Thompson had a goal and an assist for the United States at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. Thompson has eight U-20 caps, scoring four goals, and is eligible for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2024.
- The 17-year-old high school senior, who will turn 18 on November 7, plays club for the MLS NEXT U-17 Total Futbol Academy boys’ team. She is the first player born in 2004 to represent the United States Women’s National Team.
- Thompson was the youngest player to be called up for a full National Team camp since 16-year-old Sophia Smith was called up in April 2017 for the training camp prior to matches against Russia in Texas.
- Gisele Thompson, Thompson’s younger sister and an outside back, represented the United States at the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.
- The match at Red Bull Arena, another jewel in the MLS crown, will be the USWNT’s eighth appearance at the home of the NWSL’s NJ/NY Gotham FC and the MLS’ NY/NY Red Bulls. Three of the USA’s last five Red Bull Arena matches were sold out, with the other two drawing 25,706 and 26,332.
- Although this will be the USWNT’s first match at DRV PNK Stadium, the team has previously played in Boca Raton, Fla. in 2012, 2014, and 2016.
- The last time the USWNT played in Fort Lauderdale was on February 6, 2000, at Lockhart Stadium, which is now DRV PNK Stadium. That day, the United States was defeated 3-2 by Norway.
- The United States also played a match at Lockhart Stadium in January 1999, a 6-0 win over Portugal in which Michelle Akers scored her 100th career goal, kicking off the United States’ run to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- Morgan (15), Sophia Smith (14), Pugh (11) and Ashley Hatch (11) are the top four American scorers in the NWSL during the 2022 regular season (9).
- Twenty-two of the 24 players are NWSL players, and nine of the 12 NWSL clubs are represented on this roster, as are 2021-22 UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyon, which features 119-cap midfielder Lindsey Horan, and Total Futbol Academy from Los Angeles.
- With four players each, the Washington Spirit, OL Reign, and 2022 NWSL Champions Portland Thorns FC lead the way.
- Alana Cook (RGN), Naomi Girma (SD), Sofia Huerta (RGN), Sam Coffey (POR), Alex Morgan (SD), Mallory Pugh (CHI), and Sophia Smith were all named to the NWSL Best XI First Team (POR).
- Adrianna Franch (KC), Hailie Mace (KC), Becky Sauerbrunn (POR), Rose Lavelle (RGN), and Megan Rapinoe (RGN) were all named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team XI (RGN).
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