U.S. women’s national soccer coach Vlatko Andonovski has named the 23-player roster for the team’s two September friendlies against Nigeria.
All 23 players included on the roster competed during the USWNT’s title run at the Concacaf W Championship in Mexico in July.
Emily Sonnett is the only player from the original 23-player Concacaf roster not included on the September squad. She is working her way back from a foot injury. Sam Coffey, who served as an injury replacement during the July tournament, will fill the final spot on the roster.
The September series against Nigeria kick-starts the USWNT’s quest for World Cup glory, with the Australia-hosted tournament less than a year away.
“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,” Andonovski said in a statement. “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.”
The USWNT will take on Nigeria on Sept. 3 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. ET on Fox. The second contest is scheduled for Sept. 6 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., with kickoff at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
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