Alex Morgan, Lindsey Horan will co-captain USWNT at the 2023 World Cup

Lindsey Horan And Alex Morgan has been named captain of the United States women’s national team for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will begin in two weeks.

Both have worn the captain’s armband many times in the past (Horan 9 times, Morgan 22 times), but Becky Sauerbrunn was a longtime captain of the team. However, Sauerbrunn did not feature in this World Cup squad due to a persistent injury.

After that news broke, coach Vlatko Andonovski said that “Becky will always be our captain.” Though he admits the filling of her shoes has been “widely discussed” and he and his staff will make an announcement after they speak to the rest of the group.

Most recently USWNT On media day last week, Andonovski was not ready to make his decision public. Although Horan, Morgan and Megan Rapinoe were selected as three players to speak to reporters during an official press conference on media day while another 20 players were given roundtable interviews.

US Soccer said that when both Horan and Morgan are on the field – which will happen often – Horan will wear the captain’s armband. Morgan, who plays for the San Diego Wave in the NWSL, has 206 USWNT caps, 121 goals and will play in her fourth World Cup. Horan, the player for Lyon in France, has 128 caps, 27 goals and will play in her second World Cup.

“We have a lot of leaders on this team, including young players and veteran players, and among them, Lindsey and Alex have a lot of experience in big games and they understand what it takes to win. victory at the highest level,” Andonovski said in the report. “They are top professionals and understand all the factors to having a united and dynamic team. I know they will represent us well both on and off the pitch at the World Cup.”

Laken Litman covers college football, college basketball, and soccer for FOX Sports. She has previously written for Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The Indianapolis Star. She is the author of the book “Strong Like a Woman,” which was published in the spring of 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow her on Twitter @LakenLitman.

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