The two-time world champion selection of the United States, Portugal’s opponent in the group stage, released this Wednesday, the list of 23 players called up for the 2023 World Cup.
The announcement was made with the help of the President and First Lady of the United States, Joe and Jill Biden, as well as artists Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Wayne, former basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, actors Tina Fey, Rainn Wilson. , Blake Lively, Gabrielle Union, Quinta Brunson or Sophia Bush, goalkeepers Matt Turner (Arsenal) and Tim Howard (withdrawn), surfer Kelly Slater, former athlete Mia Hamm, former wrestler John Cena, among many others.
There are two big surprises: the inclusion of mediocre veteran Julie Ertz, who recently returned to competition after an absence of nearly two years, and advanced “rookie” Alyssa Thompson, who is just 19 years old. Midfielder Rose Lavelle and winger Megan Rapinoe also figure in the list, despite still recovering from injury.
Center Sarah Gordon and midfielder Taylor Cornick are some of the most notable absences. It should also be noted that the United States cannot count on stars such as Katarina Macario, Mallory Swanson, Margaret Purse, Kristen Press or Tobin Heath due to serious injuries.
The USA, together with the Netherlands and Vietnam, are Portugal’s opponents in the group stage of the 2023 World Cup, which will take place between July 20 and August 20 in Australia and New Zealand. In the third round on August 1, the national team will face the two-time world champions.
Goalkeeper: Alyssa Naeher, Casey Murphy, Aubrey Kingsbury;
rescue: Alana Cook, Kelly O’Hara, Naomi Girma, Emily Sonnett, Sofia Huerta, Crystal Dunn;
average: Rose Lavelle, Christy Mavis, Andy Sullivan, Lindsay Horan, Savannah DeMello, Julie Ertz, Emily Fox;
advanced: Lynn Williams, Alex Morgan, Sophia Smith, Trinity Rodman, Megan Rapinoe, Ashley Sanchez and Alyssa Thompson.