Alex Morgan in line for USWNT return in November friendly against Netherlands

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Graham Hayes reports for espnW on university sports, including softball and soccer. Hays started operations with ESPN in 1999.

Alex Morgan’s first appearance in the United States after winning last year’s World Cup final could come later this month in a repeat of the same match against the Netherlands in 2019.

Morgan is currently playing for Tottenham and is one of the main European players who, together with American coach Vlatko Andonovsky, will play for Tottenham in the game of 27-29 September. November against the Netherlands in Dutch Brenda. This is the first game for the United States since they won the Shabbelle Cup in March.

The release of the pandemic was the longest for the national team at the time of the Women’s World Cup.

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While Morgan was on tour after the World Cup last summer and fall, she hasn’t played for the national team since winning the Silver Shoe at the World Cup, scoring a total of six goals and three assists. It is also his first challenge since the birth of his daughter Charlie, his first child, in May.

The 31-year-old Morgan gave Michelle Ackers her fourth goal, the next one was the goal for the American Women’s National Team. She and Akers are currently in fifth place with 107 goals.

Personally, I have a lot of respect for their decision to play abroad, Andonowski said Tuesday. It’s a difficult time, a difficult time for everyone. Whether she brings her newborn baby, goes to another country in the middle of a pandemic, goes back to play the game she loves and prepares for the next big tournament, I think that deserves a lot of respect and recognition.

Morgan made his Tottenham Hotspur debut in a game against Bristol City last weekend. After what she described as a minor setback, the team’s debut was physically postponed. Andonovsky said he’s assuming she can play about 60 minutes in the next game if she needs to.

Fault! The file name is not specified. USWNTstar Alex Morgan is currently playing in England with the Tottenham Hotspur women’s team. Alex Davidson/Getty Pictures

I know Alex’s quality, Andonowski said. She has already proven that she is a quality player and that she can make an impact in this team and on an international level. His ability to change his game is something that will always be welcome in this team.

Andonowski has also selected his Manchester United teammates Tobin Heath and Kristen Press and Manchester City teammates Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis for the match against the Netherlands. All four of them took part in the World Cup finals and the press came to replace them.

Orlando Praid defender Emily Sonnett is also a member of the team after taking a loan from Copparbergs/Gothenburg FC in Sweden. Sonnett was also a member of the World Championships and started earlier this year three competitions in the Olympic preliminaries.

Defender Alana Cook, who is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain in France, is the seventh player in the European rankings. Last autumn Andonovsky Cook asked for the first two parts. The former Stanford star won his first hat-trick against Costa Rica in this period.

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Due to travel needs in the context of the pandemic, the European players did not participate in the training camp in the United States in October. This camp, held in a bubble environment in Colorado, was the first team event since March.

Julie Ertz also returned to the list after the missing camp in October due to family obligations.

Carly Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are off the team for the next game. None of them attended October camp. Andonowski said Tuesday that Lloyd was not physically ready for the game due to an injury that prevented him from playing in the NISL season, while the short period of preparation for the game would not allow Rapinoe to get back on his feet after missing NISL games and the national team’s training camp in October.

He noted that both will be ready for the team’s annual training camp in January.

I don’t think any of them… they’re moving on, Andonovsky said. They are enthusiastic and are looking forward to the camp in January. And not only the January camp, they are looking forward to the events that await them and the Olympics.

The midfielders Katharina Macario and Christie Mewis are among the most prominent players who have progressed from october camp to this month’s game.

A two-time winner of the Herman Trophy for best soccer player at Stanford College, Brazil-born Macario, has recently been granted American citizenship and an American passport. Andonowski said the U.S. Football Association did not expect to get the permission required by FIFA documents for Macario to play a match against the Netherlands in time. However, he feels that the journey and the training atmosphere are important enough for his development to include him in the list of 23 players.

Mewis, 29, returned to Houston Dash in 2014 after his last performance in the United States. He and his younger sister Sam made only one debut in the same match against Denmark in the 2014 Algarve Cup. In the second set of sisters who played for the national team, they also shared the field as a reserve against Sweden at the beginning of the tournament.

Sophia Smith, a former Macario teammate at Stanford, who left school early to join the NWSL 2020 recruitment office, is also looking for her first hat in the Netherlands. Smith, 20 years old, was still able to attend this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but FIFA announced the cancellation of the event and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Tuesday after both events were postponed due to the pandemic. Only Sydney Leroux and Lindsay Horan scored more goals for the U.S. than Smith at the U-20 level.

Teams may use six substitute players in the next game.

The United States and the Netherlands have already qualified for the Olympic Games next summer. Although she will take over the position of national coach of England after these Olympic Games, Sarina Wigman will remain national coach of the Dutch national team until the end of next year’s summer tournament.

Just like other professional and international football teams visiting the country, the American team was taken out of quarantine in the Netherlands. All races are tested on KOVID-19 before, during and every two days after arrival.

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