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Ertz: ‘Very talented’ next generation will lead USWNT to ‘better comeback’

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Julie Ertz is looking forward to seeing how the U.S. women’s national team is going to rebound from its World Cup disappointment.

Speaking Wednesday in her final media availability for the USWNT after announcing her retirement last month, Ertz called the next generation of the USWNT “very talented.”

“There’s so much talent in that locker room,” she said, naming Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle and Naomi Girma as upcoming leaders for the USWNT. “There’s tremendous space for players to grow into that position off of adversity, off of experience.”

September’s camp features a number of new and old faces, including Mia Fishel, M.A. Vignola and Jaedyn Shaw. Both Shaw and Vignola are being called up for the first time while Fishel will feature in her first USWNT camp since October 2020.

And as the team transitions with the help of its young talent, Ertz knows that the USWNT will come back from its Round of 16 exit at the World Cup – the team’s lowest-ever finish at a World Cup – to be better than ever.

“Any setback makes for a better comeback. That happened for us at the 2016 Olympics and the 2019 World Cup,” she said. “It’s really about how you learn from this. I’m excited to see their comeback.”