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USWNT roster for Germany matches includes 17-year-old Thompson and Franch’s return


Two days after Portland Thorns FC won the NWSL Championship, U.S. women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski has announced that four Thorns will be joining his 24-player roster for the national team’s upcoming friendlies against Germany. Crystal Dunn, Becky Sauerbrunn, Sam Coffey and Sophia Smith will all return for November’s matches — alongside another notable return from a player who featured in Saturday’s title fixture: Kansas City Current goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.

Here’s what you should know:

  • The roster is largely composed of NWSL players, plus Lindsey Horan heading over from Lyon, and 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson earning her second call-up.
  • The U.S. is still ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA despite losses to England and Spain last month.
  • The USWNT will face Germany (No. 3) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Nov. 10, before concluding their 2022 games at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on Nov. 13.

The Athletic’s instant analysis:

Roster rundown

Seven players on the roster made the NWSL Best XI first team and five more were on the Best XI second team.

Franch rejoins the goalkeeping unit alongside Alyssa Naeher (Red Stars) and Casey Murphy (Courage).

Emily Fox (Racing) is back with the national team after exiting the European friendlies due to concussion protocols, rounding out the defenders with Dunn, Sauerbrunn, Alana Cook (Reign), NWSL rookie and defender of the year Naomi Girma (Wave), Sofia Huerta (Reign) and Hailie Mace (Current).

In the midfield, Taylor Kornieck (Wave) makes her return to the national team following her ankle injury, alongside Coffey, Horan, Rose Lavelle (Reign), Kristie Mewis (Gotham), Ashley Sanchez (Spirit) and Andi Sullivan (Spirit).

And up front, the forward pool consists of the top four American scorers in the NWSL between Alex Morgan (Wave), Smith, Mal Pugh (Red Stars) and Ashley Hatch (Spirit), plus Megan Rapinoe (Reign), Trinity Rodman (Spirit) and Thompson.

That means only a few changes to the roster from October, though the team is still waiting on many players to return from long-term injuries suffered over the course of 2022. – Linehan

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What to expect from Germany

Germany lost to England in the Euro final this summer, but the U.S. expects one of Germany’s key veterans, Alexandra Popp, to return to the squad for these games. Popp, who scored six goals during the tournament, did not play in the final after suffering an injury during warm-ups. – Linehan 

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(Photo: Erik Williams / USA Today)





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