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USA coach Vladko Antonovski announced his 23-man squad for the 2023 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday, with Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe both selected for the fourth time in their careers and 14 players making their World Cup debuts.
Veteran Julie Ertz and Alyssa Thompson, her Angel City FC teammate and NWSL No. 1 pick for 2023, have been included in the Australian squad after a long absence from the game after returning from injury in April. New Zealand, starting on July 20.
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Rapinoe is the oldest player on the roster at 37 years old. He turns 38 on July 5.
Thompson is the youngest player on the list at 18 years old. She is the fourth youngest player on the US World Cup roster and the second youngest, behind current USWNT assistant coach Tiffany Roberts Sahaytak.
The two-time defending champion Americans will be without captain and veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who was sidelined in April with a foot injury.
Sauerbrunn, who won two World Cups with the USWNT, confirmed in a statement that she will not recover from the injury in time and will miss the tournament. He was one of several injured American players, including striker Mallory Swanson, who went down with a knee injury in April.
Midfield giants Sam Mewis and Caterina Macario are also sidelined.
“The task of selecting a World Cup team is never easy, but I am proud of the players’ work ethic and focus during the process and our coaching staff for their job of putting together a great team,” said Antonovski. . “The players are the biggest influencers in our environment; they push each other to be better and I know that as a team they are very motivated to make our country proud at the World Cup.
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“Every player has a different journey to get to this point, so we have some amazing stories on our roster and we have a good mix of veteran players and younger players.”
The USA will face the Netherlands, Vietnam and Portugal in Group E, with all matches being played in New Zealand. The 2023 edition of the Women’s World Cup will initially include 32 teams, compared to 24 in the previous two, both of which were won by the United States.
Full US Women’s National Team Roster (Club; Caps/Goals):
Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Kingsbury* (Washington Spirit; 1), Casey Murphy* (North Carolina Courage; 14), Alyssa Naher*** (Chicago Red Stars; 90)
Guardians (7): Alana Cook* (OL Reign; 24/1), Crystal Dunn** (Portland Thorns FC; 131/24), Emily Fox* (North Carolina Courage; 28/1), Naomi Kirma* (San Diego Wave FC; 15/0), Sofia Huerta* (OL reign; 29/0), Kelly O’Hara**** (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 157/3), Emily Sonnett** (OL reign; 74/1 )
Midfielders (7): Savannah DeMelo* (Racing Louisville FC; 0/0), Julie Ertz*** (Angel City FC; 118/20), Lindsey Horan** (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 128/27), Rose Lavelle* * (OL Reign; 88/24), Christy Mewis* (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 51/7), Ashley Sanchez* (Washington Spirit; 24/3), Andy Sullivan* (Washington Spirit; 44/3)
Forward (6): Alex Morgan**** (San Diego Wave FC; 206/121), Megan Rapinoe**** (OL Reign; 199/63), Trinity Rodman* (Washington Spirit; 17/2), Sophia Smith * (Portland Thorns FC; 29/12), Alyssa Thompson* (Angel City FC; 3/0), Lynn Williams* (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 52/15)