Portland Thorns FC’s Bella Bixby and Morgan Weaver are called up for the first time to the U.S. Women’s National Team. Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Sophia Smith were also called up by head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
Vlatko Andonovski on what he has seen from Bella Bixby and Morgan Weaver, who were both called up to the senior U.S. Women's National Team for the first time today #USWNT #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/9f47WLdMqd— Grant Little (@grantlittle09) November 9, 2021
The USWNT will play two matches in four days in Australia. The first match is in Sydney on Friday, Nov. 26. The match is set to kick off in Stadium Austalia at 8 p.m. PST and will be broadcast on FS2. The second match will kick off at 1:05 a.m. PST in McDonald Jones Stadium in New Castle, Australia, and will be broadcast on ESPN.
The 22-player roster includes 12 players with 10 caps or less and five uncapped players, two of which are Bixby and Weaver. Andonovski will select an 18-player roster prior to each match that will suit up for the USWNT.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bella Bixby (Portland Thorns FC; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 7), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0)
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash; 77/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 43/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 6/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 7/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 197/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 61/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 106/24), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 66/17), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 12/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 31/4), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 0/0), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 20/2)
FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (OL Reign; 0/0), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 7/2), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 10/1), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 43/13), Morgan Weaver (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0)
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