The U.S. women’s national team’s front line showed signs of promise in the pair of friendlies against South Africa, led by rising star Trinity Rodman.
In Sunday’s 2-0 win, veteran USWNT forward Alex Morgan connected with Rodman in front of the net, setting up the 21-year-old forward for the first goal of the game. Morgan also had assisted on Rodman’s goal in the first match against South Africa, a 3-0 victory.
The @alexmorgan13 + @trinity_rodman combo 📈📈📈📈 pic.twitter.com/L2gGiZe1MG— U.S. Women's National Soccer Team (@USWNT) September 26, 2023
The @alexmorgan13 + @trinity_rodman combo 📈📈📈📈 pic.twitter.com/L2gGiZe1MG
After Sunday’s win, Rodman thanked Morgan, and Morgan responded in kind.
“Another game, another dime ball from Alex Morgan,” Rodman said. “Thank you to her, she’s an assist queen at the moment. Hopefully I can complete a pass to her in front of the goal.”
📈😋pic.twitter.com/bALfYWB9RT— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) September 26, 2023
The connection has not gone unnoticed, and neither have Rodman’s abilities. Megan Rapinoe, who made her final USWNT appearance Sunday, has called Rodman – among other young players – the future of the national team.
“That’s why I have such peace about moving on, is I look at players like Soph Smith, Naomi, Trin,” she said. “The squad is in very, very good hands if those are the ones that are holding it moving forward.”
Interim head coach Twila Kilgore said Sunday that Rodman has been “really, really good.” Her success has been building since the World Cup, when Rodman realized “a little bit more” the role she was going to play and adjusted her focus and concentration to “a different level,” Kilgore said.
“And she’s carried that with her into these past two games,” she continued. “And obviously scoring goals is a really positive thing which we’re excited to see. But yeah, I expect these things from Trin to be honest. This is kind of the expectation moving forward. I’m really happy. But I know there’s more in there.”
With her two goals against South Africa, Rodman has scored four total for the USWNT in 2023. She also has scored four goals for the NWSL’s Washington Spirit, and she’ll next take the field for the Spirit at 7 p.m. ET Saturday against the Kansas City Current.