CHICAGO (May 25, 2021) – United States Women’s National Team Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski has named 23 players for training camp and games during the WNT 2021 Summer Series, presented by AT&T 5G.
All three games of the USA Summer Series begin with a game against Portugal on June 10 at BBVA Stadium in Houston (FS1 broadcasts begin at 7 p.m. CT with kick-off at 7:30 p.m. CT / 8:30 p.m. ET), followed by a meetup with Jamaica on June 13 (9 p.m. CST / 10 p.m. ET on FS1), also at BBVA Stadium. The United States will then travel to Austin to face Nigeria on June 16 (8 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2) at Q2 Stadium in what will be the first game of football at the all-new, state-of-the-art venue.
The list includes 19 players from the NWSL and four from European clubs. These matches will mark the final matches before Andonovski and his team choose the final Olympic team roster for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Summer Games.
“These games and the few training sessions that we will have are just more tests, more challenges and more learning opportunities, for the players and the coaches,” said Andonovski. “All three matches will certainly be important in the selection of the Olympic team, but we also focus on the big picture and all of the work that the players have put in place over the past year for the national team and their clubs. During these matches, we will also focus on preparing for the Olympic group matches, so we have to balance all of that, as well as deal with the overall physical load of the players.
The United States will also play two Olympic starting matches in early July before leaving for Japan. In the draw for the Olympic final on April 21, the United States were drawn into Group G where they will face Sweden (July 21 in Tokyo), New Zealand (July 24 in Saitama) and the Australia (July 27 in Kashima) during group matches. The summer series schedule, with two days of rest between matches, will mimic the pace of play of the Olympic groups.
USWNT Training Camp List – 2021 WNT Summer Series Presented by AT&T 5G
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
MIDFIELDS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
BEFORE (6): Carli Lloyd (NJ / NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)
Forward Tobin Heath will also join the camp as a training player as she continues her comeback after a knee injury. Midfielder Julie Ertz has been ruled out of the Summer Series due to an MCL injury sustained while playing for the Chicago Red Stars in Game 1 of the new NWSL season.
Tickets for all games go on sale to the public on Saturday, May 29 at 10 a.m. CT on ussoccer.com. US Soccer Insiders will be able to participate in exclusive presales starting May 25.
Once the teams arrive in Houston, and for the US and Nigeria in Austin, all players and staff will operate in highly controlled environments at host hotels. The organization of training sessions and matches will be the responsibility of US Soccer Return-to-Play Protocols and Guidelines and in accordance with Concacaf return-to-play protocols. Anyone entering the controlled environment will be tested for COVID-19 before travel, upon arrival, and periodically thereafter. Teams will not begin full team training until the results of all finish tests are confirmed.
- Forward Carli Lloyd, who got his historic 300e on April 10 against Sweden in Stockholm, will be honored for this achievement ahead of the United States’ game on June 16 against Nigeria in Austin.
- Lloyd’s next target will be the 125e of his international career. She is currently six behind Kristine Lilly, who sits third on the United States’ all-time scoring list.
- Lloyd is by far the most experienced player on the list with 301 caps. The second most experienced player – defender Becky Sauerbrunn – is 117 caps behind her with 184. Other players in the roster with over 100 caps are forwards Alex Morgan (175), Megan Rapinoe (175), Christen Press (144) and defensemen Kelley O’Hara (136) and Crystal Dunn (111).
- Ten players on the roster have 36 or fewer selections.
- The average limit per player on this list is 76.
- The average age on the list is 28.
- Rapinoe leads the United States in scoring so far in 2021 with seven goals. Rapinoe’s all-time calendar year record for the USWNT is nine goals, achieved in 2019.
- Ten other players have scored for the United States this year, led by midfielder Samantha Mewis with three.
- Rapinoe’s next goal will be his 60th birthdaye and he would just do the 11e player in USWNT history to score 60 or more goals in her career.
- Lloyd and Lindsey Horan are tied for most assists so far this year with four apiece.
- The youngest player on the list is 20-year-old forward Sophia Smith, who was four when Lloyd made his USWNT debut. When Smith made her debut against the Netherlands last November, she became the first player born in years to win a senior team cap.
- Mewis and midfielder Rose Lavelle enter the camp after returning to the NWSL from Manchester City in England where they helped the club to finish second in the Women’s Super League and to an FA Cup title.
- Defender Alana Cook, who plays in France with first-place Paris Saint-Germain, could come camping as the Division 1 women’s champion with the decisive title clash against her rival Lyon on May 30.
- Midfielder Catarina Macario will also join the United States team from France where she is on a roll with Lyon, having scored in five consecutive games before failing to secure Lyon’s 1-0 victory over Bordeaux this weekend. .
- With Kristie (30) and Samantha Mewis (28) named to the list, the Mewis sisters will once again have the opportunity to play together for the United States. They already hold the USWNT record for most games played together as sisters with four games. They recently shared the pitch on April 10 against Sweden in Stockholm. With 22 and 72 traffic jams respectively, they approach a total of 100 traffic jams between the sisters. The record for the sisters is 123 caps between Lorrie Fair (120) and Ronnie Fair (3).
- Of the United States’ five previous encounters with Nigeria, four have been at the World Cup and one at the Olympics, all victories for the United States. In fact, the United States have faced Nigeria as a group in three consecutive World Cups – 1999, 2003, 2007 – and also in 2015.
- The United States and Nigeria recently met as a group at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a 1-0 victory over Abby Wambach’s last World Cup goal.
- The United States have played Portugal nine times, all wins, and recently met on September 3, 2019, on the Victory Tour following the Women’s World Cup, a 3-0 victory at St. Horan’s goal.
- On November 8, 2018, against Portugal, the USWNT won their historic 500e victory in the history of the program, winning 1-0 in Lisbon.
- The United States have only faced Jamaica three times in their history, all in Concacaf qualifiers, including the last 6-0 victory in qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. As with the Nigeria, this will be the first friendly match between the teams.