Soccer-U.S. girls to embrace ‘adversity’ at sold-out Wembley By Reuters


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By Amy Tennery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – United States girls’s coach Vlatko Andonovski is hoping a sold-out Wembley Stadium will create an environment to offer his staff an actual check in subsequent month’s pleasant in opposition to England, with the World Cup lower than a 12 months away.

Twice world champions Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn had been joined by an array of younger expertise within the American squad named on Thursday, with the staff on account of face England on Oct. 7 and Spain in Pamplona on Oct. 11.

England are on a excessive after profitable this 12 months’s European Championship and accomplished a flawless World Cup qualifying marketing campaign this month.

“We needed to undergo adversity and work out a option to overcome it. And what higher approach to do this than enjoying in entrance of a full stadium away, 90,000 folks, in opposition to England and Spain afterward,” Andonovski instructed reporters on Thursday.

It will likely be the primary time the American girls have performed at Wembley since Rapinoe and Sauerbrunn helped the Stars and Stripes to their fourth Olympic gold medal in 2012.

“They know what it takes to win massive video games and play environments like this and achieve success,” stated Andonovski.

“However then we’ve the subsequent era… the youthful ones that must expertise this, which I consider goes to be the closest that we are able to get to enjoying within the precise World Cup sport.”

They embrace 17-year-old highschool senior Alyssa Thompson, the youngest to get a call-up in some 5 years, and 20-year-old Trinity Rodman, who earned NWSL Rookie of the Yr and U.S. Soccer Younger Feminine Participant of the Yr honours in 2021.

Veteran Alex Morgan was dominated out with a knee damage.

It’s anticipated to be the second-largest crowd the U.S. girls have ever performed for, behind the 1999 World Cup ultimate in Pasadena, California which drew over 90,000 followers.

“Trying ahead… to point out what girls’s soccer means world wide, as a result of that is the subsequent stage within the evolution of the sport, the assist of the sport,” stated Andonovski.

Andonovski performed down the controversy surrounding the Spain staff after the Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) stated final week that 15 members of the squad had threatened to give up if head coach Jorge Vilda was not fired. The gamers later denied asking for Vilda to be sacked.

“We’re getting ready for the very best that Spain can put on the market,” Andonovski stated.

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