Alex Morgan and Morgan Rapinoe return to the USWNT to qualify for the World Cup

Alex Morgan and Morgan Rapinoe return to the USWNT to qualify for the World Cup

The United States women’s team will compete in World Cup and Olympic qualifying with some familiar faces. Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn, all two-time World Cup champions, were among the 23 players announced to the US lineup for next month’s Concacaf W Championship on Monday. Morgan and Rapinoe haven’t featured for the USWNT since October, with coach Vlatko Andonovski focusing on younger players during that time. Sunburn was forced to sit out the April friendly due to a knee ailment. Christen Press, who left the field with what seemed to be a knee injury immediately after scoring in Angel City’s 3-2 win over Racing Louisville on Saturday night, is not on the U.S. squad. Catarina Macario, who helped Lyon win their eighth Champions League title,

The USWNT will play two friendlies against Colombia, June 25 in Commerce City, Colo., and June 28 in Sandy, Utah, before traveling to Monterrey, Mexico for the Concacaf W Championship. Four World Cup berths and a spot at the 2024 Paris Olympics are at stake in the tournament, where the USWNT begins play July 4.

Crystal Dunn, who had her first baby in May, and Julie Ertz, who is pregnant, are also not on the roster. Neither is Tobin Heath, who has not played since leaving Arsenal in April.

The top two teams in each group will qualify for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with the third-place teams in each group going to an inter-confederation playoff in February. The Concacaf W champion automatically qualifies for Paris, with the second- and third-place teams playing each other in September for Concacaf’s second Olympic spot.

 

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