The United States women’s national team announced its 21-player roster for this month’s friendlies against South Korea on October 21 in Kansas City (8 p.m. EST on ESPN2) and on October 26 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
It will be the last time the two-time Women’s World Cup winner Carli Lloyd plays for the national team as she will retire from international football after these fall friendlies and from playing the club at the end of the NFL season.
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Striker Megan Rapinoe returns to the list after missing the September matches due to injury. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naher and midfielders Samantha Mewes and Julie Erts will join camp, but they are not yet ready to play as they continue to rehab from injuries. US Soccer reported that striker Kristen Price and defender Crystal Dunn had pulled out of matches.
The list includes 17 players from the 2020 Olympic team that won the bronze medal, plus four additions in forwards Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith, midfielder Andy Sullivan and defender Emily Fox.
Pugh, Sullivan and Smith were on the list for the US team’s two-time victory over Paraguay in September, and both Sullivan and Smith scored their first international goals during that series.
Fox was named to her first roster since the matches against Colombia in January in which she claimed her fourth title. Fox has also taken part in a training camp ahead of the 2021 Shiplifts Cup.
Upon his retirement, Lloyd put an end to a career as the second most capped player in world football history with 128 international goals and two Olympic gold medals.
If Lloyd played in both games, she would end her career with 316 caps. She is the second-ever in matches (314) and third-ever in goals (134), where she will end her career.
Lloyd scored twice against South Korea, once in 2013 and once in 2019 in the last meeting between the two teams, and the USWNT team faced South Korea 13 times and has a record 10-0-3 all-time in this series.
South Korea’s last encounters were in former coach Jill Ellis’ final matches and came after the 2019 Women’s World Cup. USWNT won 2-0 in Charlotte, North Carolina and drew 1-1 in Chicago, with both games set to take place in October 2019.
South Korea, ranked 18th in the world, has qualified from Asia in two editions of the Women’s World Cup and will be looking to book a place in Australia/New Zealand 2023 via the 2022 Women’s AFC Asian Cup.
With the addition of defender Fox from Team Racing Louisville FC, all 10 NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.
List of US women’s national team by position (club, matches / goals) – October matches against South Korea:
Goalkeepers (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 6) and Adriana French (Kansas City NWSL; 9)
Defenders (7): Abby Dalkemper (Houston Dash; 76/0), Terna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 41/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville; 4/0), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 36/0) Kelly O’Hara (Washington Spirit) ; 147/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 195/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 60/0)
Brokers (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 104/23), Rose Laville (OL Reign; 64/16), Catarina Macario (Olympic Lyon, FRA; 10/3), Christy Moyes (Houston Dash; 30/4), Andy Sullivan ( Washington Spirit;19/2)
Attackers (7): Tobin Heath (Arsenal, England; 179/36), Carli Lloyd (New Jersey/New York Gotham FC, 314/134), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride, 188/114), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 65/18) , Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 185/61), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 8/1), Lynne Williams (North Carolina Courage; 42/13)