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26 Named to USWNT Roster for April Friendlies

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Vlatko Andonovski, head coach of the reigning Women’s World Cup holders, has invited 26 women to the upcoming training camp for the USWNT as well as a pair of friendlies against the Republic of Ireland.

These will be the last games for the American women before they head down under to defend their crown in Australia and New Zealand. First up will be against the 22nd-ranked FIFA team in Austin, TX on the 8th of April, followed three days later when both teams travel to St. Louis MO for a rematch.

Of the 26 called, six have 100 or more caps. Becky Sauerbrunn leads the pack with 214, followed by Alex Morgan at 204, Kelley O’Hara at 156, Crystal Dunn at 130, Lindsey Horan at 126 and Julie Ertz at 116.

Sauerbrunn, a native of St. Louis, will be honored in front of her home town for achieving 200 caps, although the landmark one came during the 2022 SheBelieves Cup. Ertz will be honored for her 100th cap in Austin. That landmark was achieved back in March 2020.

The final roster for the World Cup will be cut to 23, so this will be the ladies’ last chance to impress Andonovski will be against the Irish.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current; 10), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 13), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 89)

DEFENDERS (10): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 23/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 48/1), Emily Fox (North Carolina Courage; 27/0), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 130/24), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 14/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 28/0), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 37/0), Kelley O’Hara (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 156/3), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 214/0), Emily Sonnett (OL Reign; 73/1)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Julie Ertz (Unattached; 116/20), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 126/26), TaylorKornieck(San Diego Wave FC; 12/2), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 87/24), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 50/7), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 22/3), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 42/3)

FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 17/5), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC; 204/121), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit; 15/2), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 27/12), Mallory Swanson (Chicago Red Stars; 87/32), Lynn Williams (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 52/15)


Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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