The United States women’s national team has announced its 22-player roster ahead of this month’s away friendlies against Australia, featuring several young talents.
Head coach Vlatko Andonovski included 12 talents that have made 10 or fewer appearances for the USWNT, and five uncapped players.
The absence of Alyssa Naeher, Sam Mewis and Julie Ertz, who are all sidelined due to injuries, allowed for younger players to make the team, according to head coach Andonovski.
"We still have a few players out with injuries, so this roster is a mixture of players with a lot of experience in World Cups and Olympics,” Andonovski said.
“Some who have been a part of the program for a while but who are looking to make their mark in international soccer and a few who are getting a first chance with the national team in an event like this.”
Ten players from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics roster were named to the team.
With a young and relatively inexperienced roster for the friendlies, Andonovski sees the matches as an opportunity to learn which of his young players are cut out for the challenges of international play.
“Australia is an incredible team,” Andonovski said. “They’re playing at home, long travel with lots of fans. We’ll find out very fast who's cut for big games under pressure.”
The roster is also heavy on domestic club players, with 21 of the 22 players playing for NWSL teams. The only exception is Lyon’s Catarina Macario.
The team will depart for Australia after the NWSL Championship game, as 17 players on the roster are on teams who qualified for the NWSL Playoffs.
The USWNT will face the Matildas on November 27th in Sydney and November 30th in Newcastle. It is the team’s first trip down under since 2000.