U.S. ladies’s nationwide workforce head coach Vlatko Andonovski named the 26-player roster for the ultimate worldwide friendlies forward of the 2023 World Cup, with Julie Ertz and Alex Morgan headlining the squad.
America will host the Republic of Eire on Saturday, April 8 at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas earlier than ending the two-leg set on Tuesday, April 11 at CITYPARK in St. Louis, Missouri.
“It’s thrilling to get the group again collectively and we’re getting nearer to how we wish to look this summer season,” stated Andonovski.
“The workforce is gelling and getting these gamers again in camp, all who know the atmosphere very effectively, is simply going to make it extra aggressive and switch the depth up a notch. I do know there may be loads of strain on the gamers because the competitors for World Cup spots will increase, however that’s not one thing we shrink back from. We speak about it, and we embrace it, as everyone knows these gamers make one another higher.”
Two-time World Cup champion Julie Ertz returns to the USWNT for the primary time because the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and after giving delivery to her first youngster in August of 2022. Although she is at present and not using a membership, Andonovski confirmed she has been coaching with Main League Soccer academy gamers.
Defenders Kelley O’Hara and Tierna Davidson may also return for the worldwide friendlies, after prolonged absences. On the opposite finish, Megan Rapinoe was not included within the roster as a result of an underlying damage.
The USWNT put together to face Vietnam, Netherlands and Portugal within the World Cup’s Group E. The American workforce enters the worldwide event as reigning champions, after triumphing 2-0 over the Netherlands in 2019.
Here is the total roster: