Alex Morgan headlines U.S. women’s national training camp roster

Alex Morgan named to USWNT roster
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U.S. women’s national soccer coach Vlatko Andonovski named has named his 23-player roster for next week’s training camp in the Netherlands. Eighteen players will be selected for a game against the Netherlands on November 27, the U.S. team’s first game in 261 days.

The roster is headlined by two-time World Cup champion Alex Morgan, who gave birth to daughter Charlie in May 2020. Morgan, who is currently playing for Tottenham in the Women’s Super League (WSL), made her competitive return earlier this month, but she has not played a game for the U.S. since the 2019 Women’s World Cup final.

“I personally have a great respect for her, and the decision that she made to go overseas and play,” Andonovski said in a press conference on Tuesday. “It’s a tough time for everyone. For her to take a newborn with her to another country – in the middle of a pandemic – just to get back, play the game that she loves, and prepare for the next big tournament, I think that deserves lots of respect and lots of credit.”

Andonovski noted that one of his goals for Morgan is to see her log more high-quality minutes. “Obviously Alex hasn’t played a lot of minutes – she played 23 minutes in [her first game for Tottenham] and 45 minutes in game two. Those aren’t significant minutes, but they are great minutes for where she’s at right now… For Alex, we aren’t looking as much at her performance. We’re looking at getting her quality minutes. I know the quality that Alex has; she’s already proved that she’s a quality player and that she can make an impact.”

Other roster standouts include Becky Sauerbrunn (the most capped player with 177 caps), current Manchester United teammates Tobin Heath and Christen Press, Manchester City teammates Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle, and other longtime USWNT members Julie Ertz, Kelley O’Hara, and Crystal Dunn.

In total, 14 members of the training camp roster have World Cup experience, while eight are Olympians.

Notable roster omissions include Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, and Mallory Pugh. In a press conference, Andonovski pointed to injuries as having kept Lloyd and Pugh from being included, while a lack of play impacted Rapinoe (she opted out of both NWSL tournaments this summer and fall). Andonovski says he expects that Lloyd, Rapinoe, and Pugh will be back in the mix for January’s U.S. team camp.

GOALKEEPERS (3):

  • Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit)
  • Jane Campbell (Houston Dash)
  • Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (8):

  • Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA)
  • Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage)
  • Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars)
  • Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC)
  • Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC)
  • Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 

  • Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars)
  • Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG)
  • Catarina Macario (Stanford)
  • Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash)
  • Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG)

FORWARDS (6):

  • Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit)
  • Tobin Heath (Manchester United, ENG)
  • Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG)
  • Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG)
  • Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)
  • Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

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