Teenage standout Alyssa Thompson, who played for the U.S. youth national team at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in August, received her first senior call-up Thursday.
U.S. women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski named her to the 24-player roster for a European tour that will begin Friday, Oct. 7, with a match against England at Wembley Stadium in London.
The 17-year-old is the youngest player to earn a call-up for a full national team camp since Sophia Smith was tabbed at 16 years old back in April 2017.
“We are very excited about her potential and qualities, and we are looking forward to seeing how she is going to turn out in our environment,” Andonovski said.
Andonovski added that Thompson has a “good understanding of the game,” and said he is excited to see how she will fit into the USWNT’s system.
Thompson, a high school senior from Studio City, California, was named the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2020-21.
Thompson plays for the U17 Total Futbol boys team in MLS NEXT, and along with her younger sister, Gisele, is committed to play college soccer at Stanford.
As part of the USYNT, the forward scored a goal and recorded an assist in a U20 World Cup matchup against Ghana in August.
Cooper ➡️ Thompson 🇺🇸The @USYNT doubles their lead over Ghana 👏 pic.twitter.com/NoE2GUoh0F— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) August 11, 2022
Cooper ➡️ Thompson 🇺🇸The @USYNT doubles their lead over Ghana 👏 pic.twitter.com/NoE2GUoh0F
Absent from the USWNT roster for October’s international window is star forward Alex Morgan, who was left off due to a knee injury, per the team news release. Morgan’s absence gives Thompson a roster spot and a chance to make an impact during the friendlies against England and Spain.
Thompson’s first Senior National Team camp is not “make or break” for her future on the team, Andonovski said. Rather, her the call up will provide her with a solid foundation moving forward.
“This is the first experience for her,” he said. “This is something that she shouldn’t even worry about. I think it’s a great experience, great exposure for her. And it’s a good experience for us to have the opportunity to work with her. What happens from there, we will see.”
In addition to making history as the first player born in 2004 to receive a call-up, Alyssa and Gisele became the first high-schoolers to sign an NIL deal with Nike back in May.