NWSL top scorer Alex Morgan tops the list of 24 players for the women’s national team called up Thursday for an unusual January training camp in New Zealand, where the USA will open the World Cup in July.
The team will train for six days before taking on New Zealand on January 18 in Wellington and two days later in Auckland.
“We thought and planned for the World Cup for a long time. But when the calendar turns to the World Cup year, it will certainly bring renewed focus and energy as the tournament starts in less than 200 days,” said US coach Vlatko Andonovski. “Bringing the team to New Zealand in January and playing at our World Cup host cities has so many benefits that we will ensure we maximize our time together, make this journey as productive as possible and provide as many a unique experience as possible enjoy our players have never been to New Zealand.”
The roster includes four players with 100 or more caps in defenders Becky Sauerbrunn (211), Morgan (200), Crystal Dunn (126) and Lindsey Horan (122) and 14 with 25 or fewer caps including Hailie Mace (8), Taylor Kornieck (7) and Sam Coffey (4). Morgan, who led the NWSL with 16 goals for the San Diego Wave last season, is the national team’s leading active scorer with 119 goals.
Defender Emily Sonnett and forward Lynn Williams return to the squad after recovering from injury, but NWSL MVP Sophia Smith (foot) and former World Player of the Year Megan Rapinoe (ankle) are absent.
This summer’s tournament will be the first Women’s World Cup to be held in the Southern Hemisphere. It will be played from July 20th to August 20th in 10 stadiums in nine host cities, five in Australia and four in New Zealand.
Two-time defending champions USA were placed in Group E along with Vietnam, the Netherlands and playoff winners Cameroon, Thailand and Portugal.
Goalkeeper: Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current), Becky Sauerbrunn ( Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
Midfield player: Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington spirit)
Forward: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Mallory Swanson (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Kansas City Current)
https://www.latimes.com/sports/soccer/story/2023-01-05/alex-morgan-u-s-womens-soccer-roster Alex Morgan highlights USWNT’s January camp roster