The United States Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 23-woman strong squad for the Super Falcons international friendly match in September.
The four-time World champions qualified for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup as they want to use the friendly match against nine-time African queens to intensify their preparation for the 2023 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Andonovski has unveiled a roster of 23 players to prosecute the back-to-back international friendly matches with Nigeria next month.
All the players on the roster performed well in Mexico at qualifying and have carried that form for their clubs, so we’ll continue the process of growing as a team with this group in what will be two challenging games against Nigeria,” said Andonovski.
“Preparing for the World Cup is a long process, and I’ve been very happy with how our team understands that process, is willing to do the work, and is making positive strides every camp to get us to where we want to be next summer.”
Super Falcons has been dethroned as African champions by South Africa after Bayana Bayana claimed their first-ever Women Africa Cup of Nation title in Morocco.
Nigeria have not been able to beat the USA after losing all six times they have met as four-time World champions take on the nine-time African champions at the Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City on September 3.
The second friendly is billed for Audi Field Washington, D.C. three days later.
THE FULL 23 WOMAN SQUAD
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0); 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)
FORWARDS (7): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)