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What should the USWNT have on its holiday wish list?

Crystal Dunn has not played with the USWNT since September 2021. (Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

The holiday season provides the U.S. women’s national team with time to reflect on their 2022 — and to look forward to 2023.

The USWNT of course will be seeking a fifth World Cup title in the new year. Just Women’s Sports asks: What else should they put on their wish list?

A new World Cup kit

While the much-maligned kits introduced this fall have grown on fans, the reigning World Cup champions deserve to have the freshest fit possible for their run at a third straight title.

Sure, the white and tie-dyed blue sets worked for the men in Qatar, but the USWNT also has their golden championship patch to consider. The central placement of the US Soccer shield on the 2022 kits makes the golden patch look like awkward.

The USWNT shouldn’t be an afterthought from a design standpoint. This team should be the benchmark.

Our suggestion: A throwback jersey. Such a choice could give a nod to the previous title runs while also ushering in the new age of USWNT players.

A healthy roster

The USWNT has dealt with a number of injuries this year, but the return of key players should bolster the squad ahead of the 2023 World Cup – even if just to provide some extra competition for those who have stepped up in their absence.

With the promise of a full squad, and the specter of the ACL injury bug hanging over women’s soccer, a healthy roster isn’t a bad thing for the USWNT to have on its wish list.

And of course we all want to see players such as Sam Mewis, Tobin Heath, Christen Press and Catarina Macario back wearing the crest.

Crystal Dunn in the midfield

The Move Crystal Dunn to Midfield Agenda continues at Just Women’s Sports.

Dunn is no stranger to the midfield, as she plays the position for the Portland Thorns and she split her time between midfield and outside back for the USWNT in 2019. In Portland, she plays alongside USWNT midfielder Lindsey Horan.

Her abilities in the midfield combined with her defensive mind make her a great candidate would add versatility to the team’s attack. She could provide a boost for the team as it begins the final ascent to the 2023 World Cup.

Equal pay

Oh wait, they already got that.

Well then, how about an increased purse for the Women’s World Cup? Your move, FIFA.