The future of the American team, no matter what happens in Mexico, remains a bit incomplete. Both Morgan, who scored twice on Monday, and Megan Rapinoe received their first team call-up since October for the Concacaf event. But Morgan, 33, is already defending her position from rising stars like Catarino Macario, who is currently struggling with a knee injury. Young strikers such as Mallory Pugh, Sophia Smith and Trinity Rodman play the same position as Rapinoe, who turned 37 on Tuesday.
“It’s not easy being a striker in the USA now,” Andonovsky said when he announced his CONCACAF roster. “Obviously it’s great, but it’s not easy because the competition is getting wider.”
Similar battles take place across the field at every position, at every menu decision, as the US goes from a roster that led them to two successive World Cup titles to one that could lead to a third against regional rivals like Olympic gold-medalist Canada, and European contenders like Sweden. and Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and England – among others – who are vying for the European Championship this month.
The Americans’ remaining group fixture schedule includes matches against Jamaica (Thursday) and Mexico (Monday). Canada tops Group B, which includes Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Panama. The final is July 18.
To get there, Andonovsky 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, but eight are 25 or younger. And at the moment, he made no promises to anyone.
Andonovsky said in February, when the previous list also omitted many veterans.