Andonovsky names the 24-man squad for BioSteel’s January training camp and matches in New Zealand

Chicago (5 January 2023) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has selected a 24-player roster for BioSteel’s January training camp and trip to New Zealand that includes two games against Football Ferns, co-host of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

The USWNT will train in New Zealand for six days before facing the Ferns at Sky Stadium (which is Wellington’s regional home ground during the World Cup) in Wellington/Te Whanganui-a-Tara. The match will kick off at 4pm local time on January 18th, which will be 10pm EST on January 17th in the US. The teams meet again on January 21st at Eden Park in Oakland/Tāmaki Makaurau, also at 4pm local time, which will be 10pm EST on January 20th in the US. Tickets for both matches Offered for sale by New Zealand Football.

TNT and HBO Max will be the exclusive English-language site for live coverage of American football starting in 2023. Both matches from New Zealand will be available on HBO Max. On game days, fans can head to HBO Max’s home page or sports genre page to tune in to the game live as well as for pre- and post-game coverage without commercial breaks. Match replays will be available immediately following post-match coverage.

Two players return to this year’s top US roster after recovering from long-term injuries to defender Emily Sonnett and forward Lynn Williams, but the USA will be without forwards Sophia Smith (foot) and Megan Rapinoe (ankle). Sonnet, who has 69 caps, last played for the United States in the semi-finals of the CONCACAF W Championship on July 14 against Costa Rica, a match in which she scored her first international goal. Williams (47 caps/14 goals), who underwent hamstring surgery that kept her out for the entire 2022 season, played for the United States on February 23 at the 2022 SheBelieves Cup.

“We have been thinking about and planning for the World Cup for a long time, but when the calendar turns into a World Cup year, it certainly brings some focus and renewed energy as the tournament starts in less than 200 days,” he said. Andonovsky. “Bringing the team to New Zealand in January and playing in our World Cup venues has a lot of benefits, so we will make sure to maximize our time together, make this trip as productive as possible and enjoy a unique experience. One of our players has never been to New Zealand before.”

USA Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Club, Appearances/Goals) – BioSteel January NZL Training Camp:

Goalkeepers (3): Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current; 10), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 11), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 86)

Defenders (8): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 19/0), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 126/24), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 22/0), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 10/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 25/0), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current; 8/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 211/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 69/1)

Brokers (7): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 4/0), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA; 122/26), Taylor Cornick (San Diego Wave FC; 7/1), Rose Lavell (OL Reign; 84/22) , Christy Mewis (NJ / NY Gotham FC; 46/7), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 17/3), Andy Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 37/3)

Attackers (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 14/4), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC; 200/119), Midge Purse (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 20/4), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit; 10/2) , Mallory Swanson (Chicago Red Stars; 82/25), Len Williams (Kansas City Current; 47/14)

USA have played Football Ferns 19 times but never in New Zealand, so this will be the first ever New Zealand match for the USWNT, who have played 715 matches in their history.

Although it will be the height of summer when the United States visits New Zealand in January, the upcoming World Cup will be the first FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, as it will be winter and matches can be played in cooler temperatures.

In the World Cup, which takes place from July 20 to August. 20 of 10 stadiums in nine host cities — five in Australia and four in New Zealand — the USWNT will open their Group E match against Vietnam on July 22 at Auckland’s Eden Park/Tamaki Makawao, which will also be the host venue for the 2023 World Cup opening ceremony on July 20 when it plays New Zealand with Norway. Then the USA faces the Netherlands on July 27 at Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington / Te Wanganui-A-Tara, followed by the Group A winner on August 1 at Auckland’s Eden Park / Tamaki Makurao.

Additional notes:

  • Former Mallory Pugh, who married Chicago Cubs shortstop Dansby Swanson in December of last year, will play her married name on the back of her jersey for the first time in these first games of 2023.
  • The list includes only four players with 100 or more caps: defender Becky Sauerbrunn (211), Alex Morgan (200), Kristall Dunn (126) and Lindsay Horan (122).
  • The list includes 14 players with 25 caps or fewer, including three players with single-digit caps in Hailie Mace (8), Taylor Kornieck (7) and Sam Coffey (4).
  • Morgan is the leading scorer on the list with 119 career goals, good for fifth in US history. Horan scored 26 international goals, Swanson 25, Dunne 24 and Rose Lavelle 22.
  • Thirteen players on this list watched the action in the final meeting between the USA and New Zealand and the 2022 SheBelieves Cup. Swanson and Ashley Hatch scored for the United States in the win, while Hatch and defender Sofia Huerta scored assists and Alyssa Naher scored a clean sheet.
  • Nine different NWSL clubs are represented on this list, led by five players from the Washington Spirit and three players each from Portland Thorns FC, Kansas City Current, San Diego Wave FC, and OL Reign.
  • Matches in New Zealand mean that the USWNT will have played two games against each of the 2023 Women’s World Cup co-hosts in their home countries in a 13-month period following their visit to Australia in late November of 2021. Two players on this list – goalkeeper Casey Murphy and midfielder Ashley Sanchez – They got their first match in the USWNT during that trip to Australia.
  • Eden Park, which has a capacity of nearly 50,000 spectators, is the national stadium of New Zealand and has hosted many important sporting events in the country’s history. The original sports ground on the site 122 years ago opened in 1900.
  • This match against the USA at Eden Park will be the first ever in the stadium of the New Zealand women’s national team, which has historically been dotted with players around the world and has been able to play intermittent matches at home.
  • The match at Sky Stadium, which will hold 34,500 World Cup fans when it is known as Wellington Regional Stadium due to sponsorship regulations, will be Furness’ first at the venue since 2018.

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