The United States the women’s national team have announced their list of 21 players for a pair of friendlies this month against South Korea October 21 in Kansas City (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and October 26 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
This will be the last time the two-time Women’s World Cup winner Carli Lloyd will play with the national team as she will retire from international football after those fall friendlies and club play at the end of the NWSL season.
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Cheeky Megan Rapinoe returns to the lineup after missing September games with an injury. Goalkeeper Alyssa naeher and midfielders Samantha mewis and Julie ertz will join the camp, but they are not yet ready to play as they continue to recover from their injuries. Cheeky Christian Press and defender Dunn Crystal chose not to participate in the matches, according to US Soccer.
Pugh, Sullivan and Smith were on the list of Team USA’s two wins against Paraguay in September, and Sullivan and Smith both scored their first international goals in that series.
Fox has been named to her first team since games against Colombia in January in which she earned her fourth cap. Fox also attended training camp ahead of the start of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.
In retirement, Lloyd ends a fulfilling career as the second most capped player in world football history with 128 international goals and two Olympic gold medals.
If Lloyd plays in both matches, she will end her career with 316 caps. She is second all-time in caps (314) and third all-time in goals (134), that’s where she will end her career.
Lloyd has scored twice against South Korea, once in 2013 and once in 2019 when the teams last met and the USWNT has faced Korea Republic 13 times and has a 10-0-3 record. of all time in the series.
The most recent encounters with South Korea were in former head coach Jill Ellis’ last games and took place after the 2019 Women’s World Cup. USWNT won 2-0 in Charlotte, Carolina North and drew 1-1 in Chicago, both games taking place in October 2019.
South Korea, which is ranked 18th in the world, has qualified outside Asia for the last two Women’s World Cups and will look to secure a place in Australia / New Zealand 2023 through the Women’s Asian Cup. ‘AFC 2022.
With the addition of defenseman Fox from Racing Louisville FC, all 10 NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
U.S. Women’s National Team lineup by position (club; caps / goals) – October games vs Korea Republic:
GUARDIANS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 6), Adrianna Franch (Kansas City NWSL; 9)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash; 76/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 41/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville; 4/0), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 36/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 147/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 195/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 60/0)
MIDFIELDER (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 104/23), Rose Lavelle (OL Règne; 64/16), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 10/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 30/4), Andi Sullivan ( Spirit of Washington; 19/2)
BEFORE (7): Tobin Heath (Arsenal, ANG; 179/36), Carli Lloyd (NJ / NY Gotham FC; 314/134), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 188/114), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 65/18), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 185/61), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 8/1), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 42/13)