The future of Team USA, no matter what happens in Mexico, remains an incomplete picture. Morgan, who scored twice on Monday, and Megan Rapinoe received their first call-ups to the team since October for the Koncacafe tournament. But Morgan, 33, is already defending her position against rising stars like Catarino Macario, who is currently out of action with a knee injury. And young forwards like Mallory Pugh, Sophia Smith and Trinity Rodman play in the same position as Rapinoe, who turned 37 on Tuesday.
“It’s not easy being a striker in the United States right now,” Andonowski said when he announced his roster for the CONCACAF championship. “Of course it’s great, but it’s not easy because the competition is getting bigger and bigger.”
Battles like these play out across the field in every position, with every roster selection, as the United States transitions from a roster that took them to two consecutive world titles to a roster that could take them to third against regional rivals like Canada. current Olympic championand European rivals such as Sweden, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and England, among others, who compete in this month’s European Championship.
The rest of the Americans’ group stage schedule includes games against Jamaica (Thursday) and Mexico (Monday). Canada tops Group B, which includes Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Panama. Final – July 18th.
To achieve this, Andonowski will rely on the combination of experience, talent and generations at his disposal: of the 23 players on the US roster, seven are in their 30s and eight are 25 or younger. So far, he hasn’t promised anything to anyone.
“It doesn’t mean that all these players who have performed well in the past are just going to come back here in the next camp because they did well a year or two ago,” Andonowski said in February, when several experienced veterans.