Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe have made the cut for the U.S. women’s national team’s World Cup qualifying roster.
The veteran forwards are among the 23 players on coach Vlatko Andonovski’s 23-player Concacaf W Championship roster, released Monday. The eight-team tournament, set in Mexico in July, will decide four automatic berths to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as one berth to the 2024 Paris Olympics.
In addition to the roster, Andonovski named three alternates who will join the squad for the June camp and friendlies against Colombia. Defender Carson Pickett and midfielders Sam Coffey and Jaelin Howell will report to Colorado and Utah for the USWNT’s June 25 and 28 matches against Colombia.
“Since we were last together in April, we’ve been evaluating a lot of games and hours of video and have had extensive conversations among the coaching staff to arrive at this 26-player roster for the Colombia games and the final 23 for qualifying,” Andonovski said in a statement. “As usual, the players don’t make these decisions easy, but we feel this is a roster that can accomplish all of our goals over the four weeks we will be together for what we hope will be seven successful games.”
The Gals of Summer! 🇺🇸The #USWNT’s 23-player roster for the @ConcacafW Championship is here! 🎉— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 13, 2022
The Gals of Summer! 🇺🇸The #USWNT’s 23-player roster for the @ConcacafW Championship is here! 🎉
Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders: 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), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon), 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: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)