USWNT friendlies roster provides look into the team’s future

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USWNT roster for a pair of friendship against australia This month offers a glimpse into the future.

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By numbers: Of the 22 players who went to Australia, only 10 were in the Tokyo 2020 squad. The other 12 all have 10 or fewer caps.

  • most notable absence There are Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan, who have been left out to give younger players more experience, as well as Carli Lloyd, who retired last month.
  • Other big names missing: Alyssa Naher, Crystal Dunn, Kelly O’Hara, Julie Ertz, Kristen Press, Tobin Heath and Sam Mavis were absent for reasons ranging from injuries to opt out.

big picture: While a lot of legends will play in the 2023 World Cup, the young team headed to Australia is a reminder that the USWNT is nearing a state of transition.

  • a generation Will soon depart, while another takes his place – a reality for all national teams.
  • yes but: Few groups achieved more on the field than the generation currently leading the USWNT – or fought for more.
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Bottom-line: As the Equal Pay saga continues, it is worth remembering that many players fighting for a better future can only enjoy it from the edge.

This story is part of a special report on the state of American women’s football. It first appeared on Nerdshala Sports. (Register here.)

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