CHICAGO (Oct. 31, 2022) – US Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 24-man BioSteel Training Camp Roster for two November home friendlies against Germany.
The USA concludes its 2022 schedule against the UEFA Women’s Euro runners-up on Thursday, Nov. 10 at DRV PNK Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and on Sunday, November 13 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ (5 p.m. ET on ESPN).
The match brings together two of the top three teams in the world with America currently ranked first and Germany third.
“This is the type of game that helps our World Cup preparations in many ways and 180 minutes to finish our schedule this year will be very valuable for players and coaches,” Andonovski said. “It’s great to have some players back on the roster and we all expect the game to be very competitive and entertaining for the fans.”
US Women’s National Team List by Ranking (Club) – November Friendly vs. Germany:
GOALKEEPER (3): Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (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 ( Portland Thorns FC)
INTERMEDIATE (7): 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)
FORWARD (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 (Total Football Academy)
At the end of July, Germany went on to win the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 title but fell in extra time to host England, 2-1, in front of a record crowd at Wembley Stadium. Midfielder Lina Magull scored Germany’s only goal in the final, which was played without star striker Alexandra Popp. Popp was injured in the warm-up and was unable to add to his tournament tally of six goals, which was nearly equal in the competition.
Germany has some of the best young players in the world and some world-class veterans, including Popp, who is expected to be on Germany’s roster, providing two exciting matches to round out the 2022 USWNT schedule.
On October 22, the US learns its group opponents and its path through the tournament in the Final Draw for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The US has been drawn into Group E where it will face Vietnam (Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand), the Netherlands (Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand) and Group A Playoff Winner (Eden Park).
The United States will get some offensive firepower back on this roster in the form of NWSL MVP candidate Mallory Pugh (11 goals in the NWSL) and Alex Morgan (15 goals), both of whom missed the October European tour. Morgan enters the November FIFA window with 198 international caps and is close to becoming the 13th player in USWNT history to amass 200 caps.
Midfielder Taylor Kornieck, who could not be selected for the European tour due to an ankle injury, also returned to the list. Defender Emily Fox, who played just 22 minutes in Europe, returns, as does 2021 Olympic bronze medalist and 2019 World Cup winner Adrianna Franch, who has enjoyed a stellar season with the Kansas City Current in helping the club to the 2022 NWSL Championship.
The list includes three NWSL end-of-season award winners in Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Golden Boot winner, Most Valuable Player Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC) and Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC). Smith also won NWSL Championship Game MVP after scoring a goal to help lead the Thorns to their third NWSL title.
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- This will mark the USWNT’s first visit to Ft. Lauderdale in 22 years and his first home game during Major League Soccer Inter Miami CF.
- This will be the US’s first meeting with the two-time Women’s World Cup champion and eight-time European champion since the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-0 US victory played in challenging weather conditions in Columbus, Ohio.
- On Sept. 3, Germany qualified for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 win over Turkey (followed by an 8-0 rout of Bulgaria on Sept. 6) and topped Group H in UEFA qualifying with a 9-0-1 record while scored 47 goals and allowed five.
- Germany were drawn into Group H at the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Final Draw and will face Morocco, Colombia and Korea Republic in group matches.
- The USWNT’s history with Germany dates back to the early years of the program when the teams met twice in 1991. The second of those 1991 meetings was a 5-2 victory for the Americans in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup in China PR.
- The US and Germany have met 33 times, the most against any European team other than Norway and Sweden. The US is 22-4-7 all-time vs. Germany.
- The US and Germany are the only countries to hold multiple Women’s World Cup titles, four for the US (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019) and two for Germany (2003 and 2007).
- After missing the United States’ October European tour, Morgan returned to the United States’ roster in search of his 200th career cap and could reach that milestone if he appears in both of Germany’s games again. Morgan is now 13th in USWNT history with 198 appearances and her 119 career goals – four of them against Germany – rank fifth in program history.
- Seventeen-year-old forward Alyssa Thompson, who earned her first two caps on the European tour including a memorable debut in front of nearly 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, earned a second call-up to the senior team.
- Thompson played for the United States at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica where she scored a goal and an assist. Thompson has eight U-20 caps with four goals and qualified for the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
- The 17-year-old high school senior – who will turn 18 on Nov. 7 – plays club for the Under-17 Total Futbol Academy men’s team in MLS NEXT. He is the first player born in 2004 to join the USWNT.
- Thompson’s call-up for October’s European tour makes her 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 a pre-match training camp against Russia in Texas.
- Thompson’s younger sister Gisele, who is an outside back, played for the United States at the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in India.
- The match at Red Bull Arena, another gem in the collection of MLS venues, will mark the USWNT’s eighth home game of the NWSL’s NJ/NY Gotham FC and the MLS’s NY/NY Red Bulls. Of the US’s last five games at Red Bull Arena, three have been sold out and the other two flops, drawing 25,706 and 26,332.
- While this will be the first game for the USWNT at DRV PNK Stadium, the US plays in Boca Raton, Fla. in 2012, 2014 and 2016.
- The last time the USWNT played in Ft. Lauderdale was on February 6, 2000, at Lockhart Stadium, which was located on the site where PNK’s DRV Stadium currently stands. The USA lost 3-2 to Norway that day.
- The United States also played a match at Lockhart Stadium in January 1999, a 6–0 victory over Portugal in which Michelle Akers scored her 100th career goal and began a run to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- The US roster features the top four American scorers in the NWSL during the 2022 regular season in Morgan (15), Sophia Smith (14), Pugh (11) and Ashley Hatch (9).
- Twenty-two of the 24 players playing in the NWSL and nine of the 12 NWSL clubs are represented on this list, along with 2021-22 UEFA Women’s Champions League winners Olympique Lyon, featuring midfielder Lindsey Horan with 119 players and Los Angeles. Total Futbol Academy youth club.
- Washington Spirit, OL Reign and 2022 NWSL Champions Portland Thorns FC lead the way with four players each on the roster.
- Seven players on the roster were recently named in the NWSL’s Best XI First Team: Alana Cook (RGN), Naomi Girma (SD), Sofia Huerta (RGN), Sam Coffey (POR), Alex Morgan (SD), Mallory Pugh ( CHI ) and Sophia Smith (POR).
- Five more players were named to the NWSL Best XI Second Team XI: Adrianna Franch (KC), Hailie Mace (KC), Becky Sauerbrunn (POR), Rose Lavelle (RGN) and Megan Rapinoe (RGN).