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Germany coach not thrilled with trip to play USWNT

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg has coached Germany since 2019. (Robbie Jay Barratt/Getty Images)

The U.S. women’s national team will face Germany in two matches in four days, starting Thursday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

German coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, though, was not sold on the merits of the international trip for her team.

Speaking after her team’s Oct. 7 friendly against France, the coach cited the stress of travel and the wear on players’ bodies as concerns, per German Women’s Football. All but one of the 26 players on Germany’s roster for the two friendlies play in European leagues, which are in the middle of their seasons, as opposed to the U.S.-based NWSL, which ended its season on Oct. 29.

A native of Germany, Voss-Tecklenburg has coached her home country’s national team since 2019 after a six-year stint with the Switzerland national team. She led Germany to a runner-up finish at the Euros this summer.

Germany holds the No. 3 spot in the FIFA world ranking, behind the United States at No. 1 and Sweden at No. 2.

While Voss-Tecklenburg said her team is excited to face the USWNT, she wants to “do everything to ensure that our players stay healthy,” per a translation from German Women’s Football.

The German team agreed to the matches because of a contractual obligation with the U.S. squad, Voss-Tecklenburg said.

Both sides engaged in talks, and the coach “wouldn’t have have minded” an alternate arrangement — just one game, or two games with more time between them, she said. But they ended up with the two-game trip to the United States.

“We’ll now try to make the best of it,” said the coach, according to the translation from German Women’s Football.