U.S. Women’s National Team announces roster for Sept. 3 match-up with Nigeria in Kansas City

US Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 23-man roster ahead of the USWNT’s game against Nigeria on September 3 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 pm CT, coverage will begin at 12:00 pm CT on FOX, and tickets are available at ussoccer.com.

“All the players in the squad performed well in Mexico in qualifying and carried that form for their clubs, so with this group we will continue to grow as a team,” said Andonovski. “Preparing for the World Cup is a long process and I am very pleased with how our team understands that process, is willing to get the job done and make positive progress at each camp to take us to where we are next want to be summer.”

Winners of four FIFA World Cups and four Olympics, the USA qualified for their ninth straight World Cup at the Concacaf W Championship this summer, beating Canada in the final to secure a spot at the Paris 2024 Olympics. The September 3 friendly will be the first domestic game for the USWNT since qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which will begin in less than a year in Australia and New Zealand. Nigeria also qualified for a ninth consecutive Women’s World Cup and secured their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this summer.

The USA women’s national team roster includes eight players who helped United States win the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, including captain Becky Sauerbrunn and forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe, who are among the top in terms of goals and assists 5 owned by the USWNT of all time. respectively.

The Kansas City match also brings the USWNT back to Andonovski’s home territory for the second time since he became head coach in late 2019. Andonovski, a Park University graduate, won two NWSL championships in KC during his five seasons as head coach at FC Kansas City from 2013-2017 and was a formerly player and coach for the Kansas City Comets.

US women’s national team roster by position (club)

Kansas City, recently announced as the host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, has hosted the USWNT nine times since the team’s first visit in 1999. The US women’s national team has a 5-0-4 record in KC and a 3-0-2 record in five previous games at Children’s Mercy Park, most recently on October 21, 2021 in front of a packed house against South Korea.

Children’s Mercy Park, the world-class home of Sporting Kansas City (MLS) and Kansas City Current (NWSL), also hosted the US men’s national team for an international friendly against Uruguay in June. The US men’s and women’s national teams play 15-0-6 in Kansas City and 11-0-4 in the state-of-the-art stadium.

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