United States women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski released the 24-women roster that will travel overseas to play England and Spain in a pair of friendlies. The latest USWNT roster had several interesting inclusions like the return of Crystal Dunn and a potential senior debut for 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson.
Latest USWNT Roster
— U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (@USWNT) September 29, 2022
- Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit)
- Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage)
- Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
- 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)
- Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC)
- Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville 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)
- Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit)
- Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars)
- Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)
- Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit)
- Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)
- Alyssa Thompson (Total Futbol Academy)
Three Biggest Surprises From Latest USWNT Roster
Return Of Crystal Dunn
Dunn returns to the USWNT roster for the first time since the birth of her son, Marcel, in May. She has made three appearances as a substitute for the Portland Thorns and made her return to Providence Park with her son against Racing Louisville.
The star 30-year-old was listed as a defender to the dismay of some fans. She was actually with the team for the previous international window in September but only trained and didn’t feature in the friendlies vs. Nigeria.
#USWNT in Kansas City this week with a friendly vs. Nigeria on Saturday.3 months postpartum: Crystal Dunn is back. pic.twitter.com/l45eEVFqgn
— PJ Green (@PJGreenTV) August 30, 2022
The last time Dunn stepped foot on a field representing the USWNT was Sept. 16, 2021, during a friendly vs. Paraguay that the U.S. won 9-0. It will be exciting to see her long awaited return to the national team.
Alex Morgan Ruled Out With Knee Injury
Forward Alex Morgan, who is currently on 198 caps, was ruled out of the trip due to a knee injury. pic.twitter.com/alE2GGuWDy— U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (@USWNT) September 29, 2022
Perhaps the most iconic moment between the USWNT and England was Morgan’s tea sip celebration at the 2019 World Cup semifinal.
Alex Morgan scores her first goal since the opening game and retakes the lead in the Golden Boot race (6 goals, 3 assists)
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 2, 2019
When these sides met in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup Morgan missed out while she was pregnant with her daughter Charlie. The long-awaited rematch of Morgan and England will have to wait a little longer as a knee injury ruled her out of the roster. It's unclear how much time Morgan will miss.
Potential Debut For 17-Year-Old Alyssa Thompson
She got the call up ☎️Congrats to #U20WYNT forward Alyssa Thompson on her first Senior Team Call Up. Well deserved pic.twitter.com/oc9TDJMtqH
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) September 29, 2022
A new face joins the ranks of the USWNT. Thompson played with the U.S. at the U-20 Women's World Cup in Costa Rica earlier this year where she scored a goal and added an assist.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Thompson is where she plays. She plays with the boys’ team for Total Futbol Academy and is the only girl that plays in MLS NEXT.
— U.S. Soccer YNT (@USYNT) August 14, 2022
The 2020 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year has already committed to play at Stanford next year and is one to watch.
Born in 2004, she’s the youngest player to be called up for the USWNT since Sophia Smith did in April 2017.
The USWNT will play England at a sold out Wembley Stadium on Friday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. ET. The game is being shown on FOX.