U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named 23 players for the trip to Europe during the April FIFA international match window that will feature friendly games against Sweden in Stockholm (April 10 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX) and France in Le Havre (April 13 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
Amongst those players are Sky Blue FC stars Carli Lloyd and Midge Purce. Lloyd currently has 299 caps and if she earns her historic 300th during this trip, will become one of just three players in international soccer history – women’s or men’s – to play 300 times for their country, joining former teammates Kristine Lilly (354) and Christie Pearce Rampone (311).
The roster includes 17 NWSL players and six currently playing in Europe. Twenty-one of the players were on the U.S. roster for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup tournament which the USA won at the end of February in Orlando, Fla. Andonovski will name 18 players to suit up for each match. There will be no fans in the stands for either game.
“I give our larger pool of players credit for always making selections difficult, but this group going to Europe has shown consistent quality in their performances as well as in their abilities to contribute to the overall chemistry of the team,” said Andonovski. “We still have much evaluation to do from trainings, international matches, NWSL matches and overseas club matches before selecting the Olympic Team, but I’m really looking forward to these two games for what adversity they will bring. The exciting thing is that I know our players have the talent and mentality to meet those adversities with a great energy and overcome them.”
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