Nov
26
2020

Three Storylines Before USWNT Vs. Netherlands

The U.S. Women’s National Team is set to take on the Netherlands on Friday for a World Cup Final rematch. The match marks the first since March 11 when they defeated Japan. In the eight meetings between these two teams, the U.S. holds a 7-1-0 record. Head coach Vlatko Andonovski named a 23 player roster for the training camp, eighteen of those players will be selected for the matchday squad when the USWNT take the field on November 27. 

Mewis sisters reunited

The last time Sam and Kristie were together on the USWNT was in 2014. Sam has become a bit of a mainstay on the USWNT, but now Kristie has found her way back after five years. 

In 2018, many thought that Kristie would find herself back on the USWNT and make a case for a World Cup spot but she suffered a season-ending ACL tear during the NWSL season. She came back with a vengeance and has been playing some of her best soccer the past two seasons. Kristie cracked back into the USWNT fold last year when she attended Vlatko Andonovski’s identification camp in December. 

New faces

This roster features nine players who were not on the 2019 Women’s World Cup team: Ashley Hatch, Aubrey Bledsoe, Jaelin Howell, Jane Campbell, Alana Cook, Sophia Smith, Lynn Williams, Margaret Purce, Kristie Mewis, and Catarina Macario. 

Hatch, Campbell, Cook, Williams, Purce, and Mewis have a combined total of 50 caps. All but 7 of those caps are from Mewis and Williams.

Bledsoe, Howell, and Smith could all potentially earn their first caps with an appearance against the Netherlands. Macario is not yet eligible to feature for the USWNT but is in training camp. 

Howell and Macario are the only two named to the roster that is still in college. After helping Florida State finish undefeated and win the ACC Women’s Championship, Howell was added to the USWNT roster, replacing Lindsey Horan, who tested positive for Covid-19. 

Alex Morgan returns

We could see Alex Morgan in a USWNT game for the first time since the 2019 World Cup Final. Morgan made her long-awaited return to the game on November 8th after welcoming her daughter, Charlie. 

Her return to play was delayed due to an injury she suffered in club training, but she looks to Morgan, who is on loan has appeared three times for Tottenham Hotspurs in her return. Morgan is sitting on 169 caps and 107 international goals. 

The match can be watched on ESPN2 at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday, November 27. 

Full Roster

Goalkeepers

  • Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders

  • Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride)

Midfielders

  • Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelin Howell (Florida State), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Stanford), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City)

Forwards

  • Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Tobin Heath (Manchester United), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur), Christen Press (Manchester United), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)