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USWNT roster shock: Julie Ertz makes shock USA return for final friendlies earlier than World Cup squad is picked

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United States girls’s nationwide group head coach Vlatko Andonovski named a 26-player roster for a pair of friendlies towards Eire scheduled for April.

The 2 sport collection would be the ultimate set of worldwide video games earlier than Andonovski names the ultimate roster for the 2023 FIFA Girls’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. A number of star gamers will return for the April coaching camp, which is able to mark the start of a four-month construct as much as the World Cup. The 2 sport collection will start on April 8 in Austin, Texas and conclude on April 11 in St. Louis.

The massive information is the comeback of two-time World Cup champion midfielder Julie Ertz. She is making her return for the primary time because the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 and after the beginning of her son in August of 2022. Ertz, presently unattached to a home membership, beforehand spent eight years within the NWSL with the Chicago Pink Stars. 

After sustaining a long run knee damage initially of the 2021 membership season, a Bronze medal end within the Olympics, and maternity go away — her participant rights had been traded to Angel Metropolis FC with Sarah Gorden in change for roster safety within the growth draft. Whereas on maternity go away she didn’t make look for the California facet, and is presently thought of a free agent for the 2023 NWSL season, however has but to announce her subsequent membership.

Defender Casey Krueger can be again in USWNT coaching camps for the primary time since October 2021. The surface again was a member of the Tokyo Olympic Bronze medal profitable group, and just lately made her membership return after the beginning of her first little one in July 2022. Kelley O’Hara is again among the many defender pool after not enjoying for the group since final summer time. Prolonged damage has saved her out and her most up-to-date look was within the Concacaf W Championship in July.

“It is thrilling to get the group again collectively and we’re getting nearer to how we need to look this summer time,” mentioned Andonovski. “The group is gelling and getting these gamers again in camp, all who know the setting very nicely, is simply going to make it extra aggressive and switch the depth up a notch. I do know there’s plenty of stress on the gamers because the competitors for World Cup spots will increase, however that is not one thing we shrink back from. We discuss it, and we embrace it, as everyone knows these gamers make one another higher.”

Additionally again within the USWNT combine is defender Tierna Davidson and ahead Sophia Smith. Davidson just lately frolicked in coaching camp in the course of the 2023 SheBelieves Cup after recovering from ACL surgical procedure. Smith was beforehand saved out out as a precaution with a foot damage in the course of the January Camp in New Zealand and SheBelieves Cup. 

Smith was named the 2022 U.S. soccer feminine participant of the 12 months and just lately scored a objective for her membership Portland Thorns FC in the course of the Nationwide girls’s soccer league’s opening weekend. 

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Take a look on the full roster beneath:

USWNT roster by Place (Membership; Caps/Targets)

Goalkeepers (3): Adrianna Franch (Kansas Metropolis Present; 10), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Braveness; 13), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Pink Stars; 89)

Defenders (10): Alana Cook dinner (OL Reign; 23/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Pink Stars; 48/1), Emily Fox (North Carolina Braveness; 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 Pink 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), Taylor Kornieck (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 Pink Stars; 87/32), Lynn Williams (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 52/15)

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