CHICAGO (Oct. 13, 2021) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 21-player training camp roster for the upcoming October matches against Korea Republic which will mark the final appearances for legend Carli Lloyd in a U.S. uniform.
The USA will take on Korea Republic on Thursday, Oct. 21, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and TUDN) and then will travel to St. Paul, Minnesota to complete that two-game series at Allianz Field on Tuesday, Oct. 26 (7:30 p.m. ET pre-game on FS1 and 8 p.m. ET on TUDN).
The USWNT begins its BioSteel Training Camp on Oct. 18 in Andonovski’s home area of Kanas City to prepare for its final domestic matches of the year. The match in Kansas City also represents a homecoming of sorts for U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who hails from Salina, Kansas and currently plays in the NWSL with Kansas City. A 2019 World Cup champion and 2020 Olympic bronze medalist, Franch is the only player from Kansas to ever make a world championship roster for the USA.
The trip to Minnesota also marks a return to the roots of the U.S. Women’s National Team program. The USWNT played its first nine domestic games in Blaine, Minnesota over 1986 (2 games), 1987 (4 games) and 1990 (3 games) at what was then the Blaine Soccer Complex and later the National Sports Center.
Before the game in Kansas City, midfielder Lindsey Horan will be honored for reaching 100 caps. Horan, 27, is the 41st USWNT player to earn that distinction. The Colorado native earned her 100th cap during the Olympics on July 24 in a 6-1 victory against New Zealand, a match in which she scored her 23rd international goal.
The roster features 17 players from the bronze medal-winning 2020 Olympic Team, plus four additions in forwards Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith, midfielder Andi Sullivan and defender Emily Fox. Pugh, Sullivan and Smith were on the roster for the USA’s two wins over Paraguay in September (with Sullivan and Smith scoring their first international goals during that series) while Fox was named to her first roster since matches against Colombia in January at which she earned her fourth cap. Fox also participated in training camp prior to the start of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.
Forward Megan Rapinoe returns to the roster after missing the September games due to injury, and while goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and midfielders Samantha Mewis and Julie Ertz will join the camp, they are not yet ready to play as they continue to rehab from injuries. Forward Christen Press and defender Crystal Dunn opted out of the matches.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals) – October Matches vs. Korea Republic:
GOALKEEPERS (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)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 104/23), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 64/16), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 10/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 30/4), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 19/2)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Arsenal, ENG; 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)
“It’s been a stressful few weeks for the players and staff and the well-being of our players has and always will come first,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski. “We always want to keep improving and evolving as a team, win every game we play, and put on a good show for the fans, but during this camp we will really focus on a few basic things – continuing to support each other while getting to do what we love on the field, and of course, giving Carli Lloyd the send-off she deserves.”
All the players and staffs will operate in monitored environments for the duration of the two-game series. Trainings and the matches will fall under the comprehensive U.S. Soccer Return to Play Protocols and Guidelines and in accordance with the Concacaf Return to Play Protocols. Everyone entering the controlled environment will be tested for COVID-19 before traveling, upon arrival and periodically thereafter.
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If Carli Lloyd plays in both matches, she will end her career with 316 caps. She is currently second all-time in caps (314) and third all-time in goals (134), which is where she will finish her career.
Lloyd has scored twice against South Korea, once in 2013 and once in 2019 in the most recent meeting between the teams.
The USA has faced Korea Republic 13 times and has a record of 10-0-3 all-time in the series.
The most recent meetings with South Korea were in the final games for former head coach Jill Ellis and came after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA won 2-0 in Charlotte, N.C. and drew 1-1 in Chicago, with both games taking place in October of 2019.
South Korea, which is ranked 18th in the world, has qualified out of Asia for the past two Women’s World Cups and will be looking to book a place in Australia/New Zealand 2023 via the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup.
Asia will get five berths into the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup along with host Australia. Asia will also get two spots in the 10-team playoff tournament which will produce the last three teams for the World Cup tournament.
Co-host New Zealand will get the lone automatic berth from Oceania, which also gets one spot into the playoff tournament.
The USWNT will be playing its fifth match at Children’s Mercy Park and its second match at Allianz Stadium. The U.S. Women previously played in St. Paul on Sept. 3, 2019, in a 3-0 win against Portugal.
With the addition of defender Emily Fox from Racing Louisville FC, all 10 NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.