Following a 4-0 win over Nigeria on September 3 in Kansas City, the U.S. Women’s National Team returns to the field on Tuesday for the second of two matches against the Super Falcons. The September 6 matchup, presented by Allstate, will be played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. with kickoff at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Immediately following the conclusion of Tuesday’s match, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association will officially sign the historic new Collective Bargaining Agreements that feature identical economic terms with the U.S. Men’s National Team and sets the global standard moving forward for international soccer.
Fans will also be able to follow the action via Twitter (@USWNT), Instagram (@USWNT), Facebook and the official U.S. Soccer App.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit; 1), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 8), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 84)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 15/0), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 18/0), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC; 6/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 20/0), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current; 4/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 208/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC; 0/0), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 117/26), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC; 5/1), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 79/21), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 45/7), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 14/3), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 33/3)
FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 12/4), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC; 197/119), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 79/24), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 20/4), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 193/62), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 22/10)
Seventeen of the 23 players on this roster saw action in Saturday’s win over Nigeria, with head coach Vlatko Andonovski making all six allotted substitutions in the second half. Overall, 21 of the 23 players called into this camp were a part of the roster that helped the USA win the 2022 Concacaf W Championship in Mexico. Defender Kelley O’Hara and forward Trinity Rodman, who both featured in the USA’s successful five-game run in Monterrey, were also initially named to the roster but O’Hara was later ruled out of camp due to a lingering hip injury while Rodman withdrew due to a family commitment. They were replaced by defender Hailie Mace and midfielder Savannah DeMelo. Defender Crystal Dunn, who gave birth to her son Marcel on May 20, is also in camp for training as she continues her return to fitness but will not feature in the matches.
The 2022 U.S. Women’s National Team Media Guide is available for download. The Media Guide features all the history and statistic for the USWNT, as well as full bios on technical staff and the current top players, information on the USA’s Youth Women’s National Teams and general important information on U.S. Soccer.
The USWNT has a perfect record against African opposition, defeating Nigeria seven times and South Africa twice. The USWNT has kept clean sheets in each of its last seven games against CAF foes.
This U.S. roster features several connections to the DMV – the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn attended the University of Virginia and played for the Washington Freedom in the WPS from 2008-2010. Three players hail from the DMV in Emily Fox (Ashburn, Va.), Andi Sullivan (Lorton, Va.) and Midge Purce (Silver Spring, Md.), while six of the 23 players originally named to roster play in the NWSL for the Washington Spirit. That number was pared down to four when Kelley O’Hara (injury) and Trinity Rodman (family commitment) had to be replaced. Rose Lavelle also did a stint with the Spirit from 2018-2020, Mallory Pugh was with the club from 2017-19 and Kristie Mewis played for the Spirit during the 2017 NWSL season.
With the opening match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup less than a year away, 25 teams have already qualified for the tournament, which has been expanded to now feature 32 teams, up from 24 in both 2015 and 2019. The nations that have already punched their tickets Down Under are co-hosts Australia and New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, China PR, Philippines and Vietnam from Asia, and Sweden, France, Denmark, Spain, Germany, England and Norway from Europe, the USA, Costa Rica, Canada and Jamaica from Concacaf, Zambia, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa from Africa and Brazil, Colombia and Argentina from South America. This will be the first Women’s World Cup at any level the Philippines and Vietnam, who qualified through the AFC Asian Women’s Cup, as well as Morocco and Zambia, who qualified through the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations. Still to be filled are four remaining slots from Europe and three slots from the 10-team playoff tournament that will feature two teams from Asia (Chinese Taipei and Thailand), two from Africa (Cameroon and Senegal), two from Concacaf (Haiti and Panama), two from South America (Chile and Paraguay), one from Oceania (Papua New Guinea) and one from Europe.
The USA has qualified for its ninth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup, having played in every tournament since the competition’s inception in 1991 and winning a record four titles. Brazil, Japan, Germany, Norway, Sweden and Nigeria have also qualified for a ninth Women’s World Cup.
The draw for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held on October 22 in Auckland as all the competing nations will find out their group play schedules and path through the tournament.
The USA also qualified for an eighth consecutive Summer Olympics by virtue of its 1-0 win over Canada in the Concacaf W Championship Final. The USA, Sweden and Brazil are the only nations to appear in every edition of the Olympic Women’s Football Tournament since its inception in 1996.
The USA heads to D.C. on a 70-game home unbeaten streak, which includes 63 wins and seven draws and has now spanned more than five years. During this home unbeaten streak, the USA has outscored its opponents 264-28, including a 131-2 margin during its last 31 matches at home, all of which have been wins save for the 0-0 draws with Czech Republic on Feb. 17 and with Korea Republic on Oct. 21, 2021. This is the second-longest home unbeaten streak in USWNT history, the longest lasting 104 games from December of 2004 to December of 2015.
The USA also enters the two-game series against Nigeria on a 12-game win streak, dating back to its second match of the year against New Zealand. During the 12-game winning streak, which it the team’s second-longest in the Andonovksi era, the USA has outscored its opposition 50-1 and has kept nine consecutive clean sheets. The current nine-game shutout streak is tied for the third-longest in team history, last recording nine straight shutouts from August to November of 2018. The U.S. kept 14 straight clean sheets from July 1990 to May 1991 and had a 10-game shutout streak from December 2004 to October 2005.
With less than a year until the start of the 2023 World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, the September series against the Super Falcons kicks off a fall of high-profile matches for the USA. Following the games against Nigeria, who has also qualified for the World Cup 2023, the top-ranked Americans will travel across the pond for an October 7 meeting against recently crowned European Champions England at historic Wembley Stadium.
England won the 2022 UEFA Women’s EURO in historic fashion at Wembley Stadium on July 31, defeating Germany, 2-1, in overtime on a goal from forward Chloe Kelly in front of a record-setting crowd of 87,192 fans. Tickets for USA-England, as many as 80,000 of them, sold out in less than a day and the crowd will be the largest to ever watch the USWNT in a friendly match. The USA-England was 100% confirmed on Sept. 3 as England beat Austria, 2-0, in a World Cup qualifier to earn a berth to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and thus avoid a playoff series during the October FIFA window. This will be the USWNT’s first visit to Wembley Stadium since the gold medal match at the 2012 Olympic Games, a 2-1 victory for the USA over Japan, and the first-ever meeting between the United States and England Women’s National Teams at London’s green cathedral of soccer
IN FOCUS: NIGERIA | FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
Current FIFA World Ranking: 46
CAF Ranking: 1
FIFA Country Code: NGA
2023 World Cup Qualifying: Qualified through WAFCON (4th-place finish)
World Cup appearances: 8 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals (1999)
Record vs. USA: 0-7-0
Last Meeting vs. USA: September 3, 2022 (USA won, 4-0 in Kansas City, Kan.)
Coach: Randy Waldrum (USA)
Goalkeepers (2): 16-Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris F.C, FRA), 1-Christy Ohiaeriaku (Edo Queens F.C.)
Defenders (7): 3-Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, ESP), 8-Rofiat Adenike Imuran (Rivers Angels F.C.), 11-Akudo Ogbonna (Rivers Angel F.C.), 17-Nicole Payne (Univ. of Southern California, USA), 4-Glory Ogbonna (ALG Spor, TUR), 12-Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA), 5-Blessing Demehin (Rivers Angel F.C.)
Midfielders (6): 7-Toni Payne (Sevilla F.C, ESP), 13-Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, POR), 10-Amanda Mbadi (Atasehir Belediyespor, TUR), 18-Onyi Echegini (Florida State University, USA), 19-Deborah Abiodun (Rivers Angel F.C.), 20-Esther Onyenezide (FC Robo Queens)
Forwards (5): 6-Uchenna Kanu (Tigres UANL, MEX), 15-Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, ESP), 14-Vivian Ikechukwu (FC Gintra, LTU), 2-Gift Monday (FC Robo Queens F.C), 9-Ifeoma Onumonu (NJ/NY Gotham FC, USA)
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