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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The U.S. women’s national team (USWNT) is set to parade some of its young players this month for its two friendly games against Matildas.
Becky Sauerbrunn, Rose Lavelle, and Catarina Macario were named in coach Vlatko Andonovski’s 22-player the United States women’s national team roster for two matches against Australia to end the 2021 schedule.
The USWNT roster features 10 players from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics squad and 12 players with 10 caps or less — including five uncapped players. The average age of the squad is 26.3 years.
Australia will host the world champions for the first time in 21 years at Stadium Australia in Sydney on November 27 and in Newcastle on November 30, Football Australia confirmed on Thursday.
Coming into Australia, the USWNT is feeling good and optimistic.
Last October 26, the home team USWNT beat the visiting South Korean soccer team 6-0 at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The home team USWNT is very focused on the game since South Korea ended their 22-home winning streak last October 21 with a scoreless draw in Kansas City, Kansas.
In their second meeting, USWNT played with more energy as they stop the visitor from scoring.
The USWNT also played more aggressively on offense by scoring six goals in their win.
In the game, Carli Lloyd ended her colorful soccer career as the second-most-capped player in world soccer history with 128 international goals and two Olympic gold medals.
She played well in the bronze medal finish of the USWNT in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by scoring a goal in her team’s 4-3 win vs. Australia.
Sources said Lloyd’s 312 international caps rank her second all-time in the U.S. and the world behind only Kristine Lilly (354).
Lloyd is one of just four international soccer players to play 300 or more times for her country.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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