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. . The USWNT faces the Netherlands today.

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USWNT is returning for the first time in 261 days. THE NETHERLANDS: The U. . S.. . The women’s national team will return to the game for the first time in 261 days. The last game was a 3-1 win against. Japan wins on Nov.. March the SheBelieves Cup 2020 ???? on November against the reining European champions Netherlands. 27 in the Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda, Netherlands (12:30 p. m. ET / 6:30 p.m.. m. locally on ESPN2 & TUDN). The game is played without fans in the stands. This is the longest time the team has had an international match since the program’s infancy in the early 1990s. The longest time without a game to date was a 398-day stretch, which ended in July 1990 with a game against Norway, in which 18-year-old Mia Hamm scored her first career goal.

MATCH VS. DUTCH WRAPS UP A TAXING 2020: This game marks the final for the USWNT in a strange, stressful and highly unusual 2020, but the fact that U. . S.. . Soccer and the Royal Dutch Football Federation have teamed up to stage the game. As in the October training camp, the first training campaign for the team since the SheBelieves Cup, the U. . S.. . The delegation worked in a tightly controlled environment where all players and staff were tested prior to travel, on arrival and arrival, and every two days thereafter. USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski said: « First of all, everyone is really excited to have an international match. « . That it is against the Netherlands makes it even better and more challenging. We had to get back on the field at some point to play a real game, so it might as well be against one of the best teams in the world. We still have a lot to do before the Olympics and when we face a really talented Dutch team we can see exactly where we are at the end of this very unusual year. one???? The US comes into play with an 8-0 record in 2020 after winning all five games at the Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament last January and then winning all three games at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. The USA will play a total of nine games in 2020, the fewest in a calendar year since 2009, when the team won 7-0-1.

FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF LYON TO THE BATTLE OF BREDA: The game is of course the first meeting between these two countries since the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. The U.S. and the Netherlands will be forever linked in women’s football history after they met on Jan.. Last July in Lyon, France, in this historic championship game. The USA won 2-0 and took their fourth World Cup trophy after goals from striker Megan Rapinoe with a penalty and a brilliant solo run and a goal from midfielder Rose Lavelle. The game will take place 509 days since the World Cup final and is the first US game abroad since this historic game. The US is still number 1 in the world. The Netherlands are number 4 after reaching the World Cup final.

KEEPING THE BAND TOGETHER: There were no players currently practicing their profession in Europe at the US October training camp in Colorado, but for this training camp, which will only last six days, pre-game training opportunities, U.. . S.. . Head coach Vlatko Andonovski has hired seven players who have played for clubs in Europe. The list includes 14 players currently playing in the National Women’s Soccer League, seven who have played in Europe, and two college players. Fifteen of the players who made the list attended the U.S. final training camp, held in Commerce City, Colorado, in late October. Of the eight players on this roster who did not attend the October U.S. training camp in Colorado, seven were part of the 2019 women’s world champion. This group includes 2019 U. . S.. . Player of the Year Julie Ertz and a trio of England strikers in Tobin Heath (Manchester United), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur) and Christen Press (Manchester United) who have scored 198 international goals. Midfielders Rose Lavelle and Samantha Mewis return to the squad after helping Manchester City win the Women’s FA Cup in November. Defender 1 and Orlando Pride Emily Sonnett returns after ending her loan period in Sweden by helping Kopparbergs / Göteborg FC win the Damallsvenskan title. Andonovski will nominate 18 players who are eligible for the game.

USWNT â ???? List of Dutch training camps (club; caps / goals) Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 63)
DEFENDER (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 1/0), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 61/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 26/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 104/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 131/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 177/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando) Pride; 45/0) MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 102/20), Jaelin Howell (State of Florida; 0/0), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 45/12), Catarina Macario (Stanford; 0/0), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 15/1), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 67/18) FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Tobin Heath (Manchester) United , ENG; 168/33), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG; 169/107), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 138/58), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 28 / 9)

HOWELL FOR HORAN: The US had to make a late squad change due to a positive COVID-19 test for midfielder Lindsey Horan. Horan is currently resting at home, he is fine and he is following the relevant quarantine protocols. Your positive test came during the U. . S.. . Test procedure before the trip of football. She was replaced on the squad by midfielder Jaelin Howell. Howell, 21, who is in the process of helping the state of Florida win the 2020 ACC Women’s World Cup, where she scored twice, attended the October US training camp in her home state of Colorado.

POST-99ERS: Both Howell and her former youth club teammate Sophia Smith are capless. Either or both could be the first players born after the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup to receive a full national team cap. Howell has made 29 caps for the U20 and scored two goals, while Smith has 23 goals in 30 games for the U20. Only Sydney Leroux (29) and Lindsey Horan (24) scored more goals in the U20 for the USA. Smith was age-eligible for the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but FIFA canceled the tournament last week along with the U-17 Women’s World Cup due to the global pandemic. If Smith plays against the Netherlands, she will be the first player for the US born in the Aughts (2000s) to earn a Senior Team Cap.

RUN FOR OLYMPIC ROSTER RAMPS BACK UP: When Vlatko Andonovski was hired as head coach for the USWNT at the end of October 2019, he thought he had a quick try to prepare the team for the 2020 Olympic Games. When the global pandemic hit and the Olympics were postponed to 2021, his plans were changed to say the least, and without having a game or practice session for more than seven months, he and his coaching staff attended NWSL Challenge Cup games and fall series- Play part and more recently games from Europe to watch the players. Watching these games, combined with countless video meetings and countless games and video clips, helped the coaching staff prepare for the difficult task of choosing the Olympic team. That process was eventually resumed on the field at the Colorado training camp in October. Now a game against one of the best teams in the world will give him and his staff even more valuable information as they resume the process of choosing an Olympic squad with only 16 outfield players and two goalkeepers, a Herculean task for any national coach but more with a U. . S.. . Pool of players with enviable depth in almost every position. The Olympic women’s soccer tournament will take place from 21. July to 21st. August. 6, 2021.

WELCOME BACK ALEX: Forward Alex Morgan lets you return to U.. S.. . Camp for the first time since the US Post-World Cup Victory Tour but has not played in a match for the US since the 2019 Women’s World Cup Final, preparing the scenario she is in The last game before giving birth their first child, a daughter Charlie on 7. May, and her first game as a mother could be against the Netherlands. It would be her first cap under Vlatko Andonovski. Morgan returned to the field for the first time since he was born in a 20-minute replacement appearance for Tottenham Hotspur in November. 8, played 45 minutes on their first start on Nov.. . 14, playing 45 minutes off the bench in a Continental Cup game on Nov.. . 18th. Morgan is one of the most prolific strikers in USWNT history. He has 107 career goals and with another will overtake the great Michelle Akers for sole ownership of the fourth all-time in U.. S.. . history. If she plays she’ll be 12th. Be the player who appears for the U.. S.. . Women’s national team after becoming a mother. Joy Fawcett was the first and Jessica McDonald is the youngest mother to play for the United States. The full list of USWNT Ultimate Soccer Moms includes: Fawcett, Shannon Boxx, Stephanie Cox, Tina Ellertson, Danielle Fotopoulos, Sydney Leroux, current USWNT GM Kate Markgraf, 2019 Women’s World Champion, McDonald, Carla Overbeck, Christie Pearce and Amy Rodriguez.

WHAT’S THE PLURAL OF MEWIS ?: Since both Kristie (29 years) and Samantha Mewis (28) have been added to the roster, this is the first time since the Algarve Cup 2014 that sisters have been on a USWNT roster. Both Mewis sisters were represented in it. Kristie has 15 caps and one goal (memorably in 2013 in her home state of Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium against the Republic of Korea) but has not played for the USWNT in that Algarve Cup since March 2014. The Mewis sisters are only the second pair of sisters to play for the U.. S.. . Women’s national team based on the twins Lorrie and Ronnie Fair, who were on the team together in the late 1990s. The Mewis sisters played together in two games, both at the 2014 Algarve Cup. They came on Jan.. March 2014 in their first game together against Sweden, which was Sam’s first international match, and then began on 10. March 2014 their only game together against. Denmark. If they play together in another game, they will outperform Lori and Ronnie Fair for most games played together as sisters. Lorrie and Ronnie played together twice in 1997.

HOLD THE CAT ATTACK ON NOW: Catarina Macario, the double reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner for best college football player at Stanford University, is one of two non-pros on the roster. As the process that will allow Macario to represent the US in a full international game is not yet complete, it will not be on the matchday list, meaning Andonovski will pick his 18 out of the other 22 players in training camp. She recently received U. S.. . Citizenship and received their U. . S.. . Pass, and now she’s waiting for FIFA approval, but the U. . S.. . The coaching team felt the trip to the Netherlands and the training environment were important enough for her growth to include her on the 23-player roster. Brazilian-born Macario, who played her youth soccer in San Diego, has scored 63 goals with 47 assists for Stanford in 68 college games to date. She had a remarkable 32 goals and 23 assists in 2019 to help Stanford earn the NCAA title. At Stanford, along with the rest of the Pac-12 conference and many national conferences, the fall 2020 season has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAC BREDA LEGEND: U. . S.. . Football Sports Director Earnie Stewart, who played 101 times for the U.. S.. . The men’s national team spent a large part of its professional career with NAC Breda from 1996 to 2003 at three world championships (1994, 1998, 2002) and scored 50 goals in 189 games.

IN FOCUS: THE NETHERLANDSoyal Dutch Football FederationFIFA world ranking: 4UEFA ranking: 2Olympic appearances: 1 (2021) Best Olympic result: N / ARecord vs.. . USA: 1-7-0 head coach: Sarina Wiegman

List of the Dutch women’s national team by position: Goalkeepers (3): Lize Kop (Ajax), Sari van Veenendaal (PSV), Daphne van Domselaar (FC Twente) DEFENDER (8): Stefanie van der Gragt (Ajax), Dominique Janssen (Wolfsburg, GER), Kika van Es (Twente), Merel van Dongen (Atlético Madrid, ESP), Danique Kerkdijk (Brighton & Hove Albion, ENG), Aniek Nouwen (PSV), Lynn Wilms (Twente) MITTELFELDER (5 ): Sherida Spitse (Vélerenga, NOR), Danille van de Donk (Arsenal, ENG), Jackie Groenen (Manchester United, ENG), Inessa Kaagman (Brighton & Hove Albion, ENG), Victoria Pelova (Ajax) FORWARD (8): Lieke Martens (Barcelona, ​​ESP), Shanice van de Sanden (Wolfsburg, GER), Lineth Beerensteyn (Bayern Munich, GER), Renate Jansen (Twente), Sisca Folkertsma (Twente), Katja Snoeijs (Bordeaux, FRA), Jill Roord (Arsenal, ENG), Joële Smits (PSV)

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