The United States women’s national team will play Germany in two friendlies this weekend, with the first taking place tomorrow at Fort Lauderdale’s DRV PNK Stadium. As the USWNT enter the final international window of the year, they have another incredible test against the world No. 3 team. However, there is no certainty that tomorrow’s test will go as planned as Tropical Storm Nicole is slamming into the Sunshine State and is expected to hit somewhere along the east coast as a hurricane tomorrow.
It’s probably irresponsible to play the game in these conditions so we’ll be keeping an eye on the skies and US Soccer’s social media feeds to see if this game gets decided, but if it does we will Hopefully a spirited friendly will see two teams looking to prove they’re the team to beat when the 2023 Women’s World Cup kicks off next summer.
USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called up 24 players for this window, most of whom we’ve seen continue with the team over the past few months since the Concacaf W Championship.
GOALKEEPER (3): Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current), Becky Sauerbrunn ( Portland Thorns F.C.
MIDFELD (7): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
FORWARD (7): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Thompson (Total football academy)
What to look out for
Nicole will be a disruptive fan. When a tropical storm is heading your way, you need to prepare. When the game is played, expect it to be windy and rainy and that will really affect the game on the field. The USWNT needs to prepare for short passes and really work to maintain possession in the midst of a torrential downpour.
Keep Germany on your heels. Germany will try to push the USWNT to the abyss, but it is the USWNT that must bring the game to the Germans. Keeping them on their hind legs is key as it will neutralize any instincts that Germany will need to counter.
Production, production, production. Last month USWNT was unable to generate a ton of production and that should be a focus. You can’t win the games if you don’t put the ball in the net and you have to focus on your execution in the offensive third.
The real prediction is this game won’t be played and we’re moving to New Jersey. If it goes on as planned, it will be 1:1.