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USWNT announce 22-player roster for final friendly of 2021

United States Women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski confirmed the roster that will travel to Australia for the last exhibition matches of the year.

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USWNT announce 22-player roster for final friendly of 2021

The post-Carli Lloyd era has started for the United States Women’s team who have confirmed that they will play two more friendly games before the year ends. USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named 22 players that will travel to Australia to play two matches against the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup co-hosts.

We still have a few players out with injuries, so this roster is a mixture of players with a lot of experience in World Cups and Olympics, some who have been a part of the program for a while but who are looking to make their mark in international soccer and a few who are getting a first chance with the National Team in an event like this,” said Andonovski.

“We’ve turned the page towards 2023 World Cup qualifying and rarely do we get the chance to test young players in environments filled with adversity, so we need to take advantage of what these two games will offer us. It’s exciting to get a chance to see all these players together in our environment and give them a chance to play against one of the best teams in the world.”

USWNT roster

Goalkeepers: Bella Bixby (Portland Thorns FC), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage).

Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit).

Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit).

Forwards: Bethany Balcer (OL Reign), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage), Morgan Weaver (Portland Thorns FC).