USA Women's World Cup 2023 squad: Final team announced

USA Women's World Cup 2023 squad - USA winning the 2019 Women's World Cup
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The USA Women’s World Cup 2023 squad has been finalised by manager Vlatko Andonovski as they look to defend their crown Down Under.

The USA came out on top in both games against Ireland that they played in April, although both were closely fought affairs.

A debut goal for Emily Fox and a penalty from Lindsay Horan gave the USA a 2-0 win the first match, whilst Alana Cook scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the second.

The USA will go into the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand as one of the favourites having won the past two editions of the tournament. The last time they failed to reach the final was 2007. 

However, not everything has been plain sailing under coach Andonovski. A failure to reach the final at the Tokyo Olympics in combination with concerns over the development of the younger players in the squad have left doubts over whether Andonovski has the ability to maintain the US’s place at the top of the global pedestal.

How many of the old guard make it into the final USA Women’s World Cup squad will be fascinating. Players like Megan Rapinoe have missed out on a variety of recent squads whilst others like Christen Press might not be fit in time.

Meanwhile the return of Julie Ertz having missed a number of seasons through injury and pregnancy will be a big boost to a midfield that has often looked disjointed.

The injury sustained by Mallory Swanson in the first game against Ireland will be a big blow for the US. Swanson had been one of their most in-form attackers but had to pull out of the squad after tearing her left patella tendon, meaning she will miss the World Cup. She was replaced by 18 year old Alyssa Thompson.

The United States are in World Cup Group E with Vietnam, Netherlands and Portugal, their first World Cup fixture is against Vietnam on July 22. Below is their final World Cup squad.

USA Women's World Cup 2023 squad

USA Women's World Cup 2023 squad

  • GK: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit)
  • GK: Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage)
  • GK: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
  • DF: Alana Cook (OL Reign)
  • DF: Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC)
  • DF: Emily Fox (North Carolina Courage)
  • DF: Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC)
  • DF: Sofia Huerta (OL Reign)
  • DF: Kelley O’Hara (Gotham FC)
  • DF: Emily Sonnett (OL Reign)
  • MF: Savannah DeMelo (Racing Louisville FC)
  • MF: Julie Ertz (Angel City FC)
  • MF: Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyonnais)
  • MF: Rose Lavelle (OL Reign)
  • MF: Kristie Mewis (Gotham FC)
  • MF: Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit)
  • MF: Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
  • FW: Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC)
  • FW: Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)
  • FW: Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit)
  • FW: Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)
  • FW: Alyssa Thompson (Angel City FC)
  • FW: Lynn Williams (Gotham FC)

USA manager

Who is the United States manager?

Vlatko Andonovski was named USA manager in 2019, following the departure of World Cup winning coach Jill Ellis.

Andonovski had previously received significant praise for his management in the NWSL (the US league) from his time at Kansas City and OL Reign. He won the NWSL Championship twice in 2014 and 2015 as well as being named NWSL Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2019. 

As manager of the USA, Andonovski has won an Olympic Bronze medal, four SheBelieves Cup’s and the 2022 CONCACAF Women’s Championship.

How many players are the USA allowed to take to the World Cup 2023?

Despite requests for squads to be extended to 26 players as they were for the men’s World Cup, FIFA has limited countries to just 23 at the Women’s World Cup. Whilst the bigger squad size was requested by countries, managers will be forced to cut their squads down.

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Jessy Parker Humphreys is a freelance women's football writer. A Chelsea fan, Jessy has been following the women's game since being taken to the 2003/04 FA Cup final at Loftus Road and seeing Arsenal thrash Jessy's local side Charlton. Fortunately, Arsenal don't win quite as much as they used to – although Jessy hopes Charlton will also be back at the top of the women's game one day.