With the SheBelieves Cup starting in mid-February, USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski announced the teams for the tournament’s three games.
A group of players who are almost entirely NWSL based. This team is a mirror image of the team that went to New Zealand for a friendly match against one of the 2023 World Cup host nations. While there, the United States won both games by an aggregate scoreline of 9-0, the only change being Megan Rapinoe’s return to his USWNT, replacing midfielder Sam Coffey. That’s it.
Rapinoe has a chance to beat the USWNT’s 200 cap in this miniature tournament. She is now 197 years old. If she plays all three games, she will become the 14th player in USWNT history to represent the United States in two centuries. Alex Morgan accomplished that feat on his trip to New Zealand.
Perhaps the lack of change across the squad means Andonovski is gearing up for the World Cup this summer. His five players with over 100 caps and an experienced team with at least his 50 caps.
USWNT Squad for SheBelieves Cup
- Adriana French (Kansas City Currents), Casey Murphy (North Carolina College), Alyssa Nahar (Chicago Red Stars)
- Alana Cook (OL Reign), Emily Fox (North Carolina College), Crystal Dunne (Portland Thorns FC), Naomi Gilma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Becky Sauerbrunn (Port) Rand Thornes), Emily Sonnett (OL Rain) )
- Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyonnais), Taylor Cornick (San Diego Wave), Rose Lovell (OL Rain), Christy Muse (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andy Sullivan ( Washington Spirit)
- Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave), Midge Peirce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Mallory Swanson (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (NJ) /NY Gotham FC)
Shop the SheBelieves Cup
The annual tournament probably has the best field in the 2023 tournament. .
In the SheBelieves Cup, each team will face three other teams once. Games are played back-to-back on the same day at the same venue. His first matchday will be on Feb. 16 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. After that, the convention will take him to his Geodis Park in Nashville, Tennessee on February 19th. Finally, his final game date will be on February 22nd at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
All games from the SheBelieves Cup TV schedule are available on HBO Max. This is US Soccer’s first major event under its new deal with Warner Bros. Discovery. USWNT debuted on HBO Max in a friendly against New Zealand. The game is also available in Spanish on Peacock.
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