The USWNT announced their roster for October friendlies, with Carli Lloyd retiring from international duty. The team will now be led by Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan.
The women’s us soccer team announced their roster for the October friendlies. Carli Lloyd has retired from international duty.
The United States women’s national team has named its 21-player roster for two upcoming friendly against South Korea, which will take place on Oct. 21 in Kansas City (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and Oct. 26 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Carli Lloyd, a two-time Women’s World Cup champion, will make her last appearance with the national team after these autumn friendlies. She will also retire from club soccer at the conclusion of the NWSL season.
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Forward Megan Rapinoe is back on the roster after missing the team’s games in September due to injury. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and midfielders Samantha Mewis and Julie Ertz will attend the camp, but they are still recovering from injuries and will not be ready to play. Forward According to U.S. Soccer, Christen Press and defender Crystal Dunn have opted out of the matches.
Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith, forwards, midfielder Andi Sullivan, and defender Emily Fox are among the 17 players returning from the bronze-medal-winning 2020 Olympic team.
Pugh, Sullivan, and Smith all played in the United States’ two victories against Paraguay in September, and Sullivan and Smith all scored their first international goals in that series.
Fox was selected to her first squad since earning her fourth cap in January’s matches against Colombia. Prior to the commencement of the SheBelieves Cup in 2021, Fox took part in a training camp.
Carli Lloyd is a two-time champion of the Women’s World Cup. Getty Images/Hector Vivas/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/FIFA/
Lloyd ends an illustrious career as the world’s second-most-capped player with 128 international goals and two Olympic gold medals by retiring.
Lloyd’s career will finish with 316 caps if she participates in both games. She is second all-time in caps (314), and third all-time in goals (134), and she will end her career there.
In the most recent encounter between the sides, Lloyd scored twice against South Korea, once in 2013 and once in 2019. The USWNT has played Korea Republic 13 times and has a 10-0-3 record in the series.
The most recent matches with South Korea took place following the 2019 Women’s World Cup and were the last games for previous head coach Jill Ellis. The USWNT won 2-0 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and drew 1-1 in Chicago in October of this year.
South Korea, which is ranked 18th in the world, has qualified for the previous two Women’s World Cups from outside Asia, and will be hoping to qualify for Australia/New Zealand 2023 through the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022.
All ten NWSL teams are represented on the squad, with to the acquisition of defender Fox from Racing Louisville FC.
Roster of the United States Women’s National Team by Position (Club; Caps/Goals) for the October Matches vs. Korea Republic:
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 6) and Adrianna Franch (Houston Dash; 6) are the two goalkeepers (Kansas City NWSL; 9)
OFFENSIVES (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash; 76/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 41/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville; 4/0), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 36/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 147/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 195/0), Emily Sonnett (W
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 104/23), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 64/16), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 10/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 30/4), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 19/2) are the five midfielders.
TOBIN HEATH (Arsenal, ENG); Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 314/134); Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 188/114); Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 65/18); Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 185/61); Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 8/1); Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 42/13)
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