The United States women’s nationwide team will play their very first matches of 2021 with 2 global friendlies against Colombia on Monday and Friday.

The Americans had an ideal 9 wins in 9 matches in 2020, taking their unbeaten streak to 48 games. Even in an exhibit, the team will wish to keep this momentum going as it prepares for the SheBelieves Cup and the Tokyo Olympics.

Monday’s matchup will also represent a homecoming for the players, particularly for the stars playing in Europe. The USWNT have actually not played together on U.S. soil because March 11 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colombia represents a difficult obstacle as the No. 26 team in the FIFA rankings, but Team USA is the world champ for a factor.

Becky Sauerbrunn has 178 caps and will enter into her next match for the USWNT as the captain, which head coach Vlatko Andonovski announced Sunday:

The capability and experience are a major reason for this honor, but she also has an extraordinary quantity of regard from her peers.

” Becky’s moral compass points north,” teammate Sam Mewis stated. “… I ‘d describe her as a generous leader and she’s constantly putting the team ahead of herself. … She’s the kind of leader all of us make every effort to be.”

Sauerbrunn has actually won an Olympic gold medal and 2 World Cups, not to discuss her success in the NWSL. The U.S. group should be in excellent hands with the 35-year-old wearing the armband.

Meanwhile, Andonovski is still reasonably new in his function after taking control of for Jill Ellis in 2019. He has won 11 straight matches to begin his tenure however could still utilize these friendlies to explore brand-new lineups or formations.

Alex Morgan has actually been among the very best scorers on the planet throughout her profession and a centerpiece in the attack each time she dresses for the team. Tobin Heath is also an elite danger offensively with her capability to develop opportunities for herself and others.

Neither player will be offered in these matches, though.

The Americans might play veterans Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe further up in an effort to solidify the attack with 175 combined international goals in their profession. On the other hand, it might be better to see what other players can do with the opportunity.

Lynn Williams scored three goals throughout Olympic qualifying in 2020 and could work her way into a bigger role going forward, while the 20-year-old Sophia Smith could be given a possibility to shine.

Mallory Pugh need to likewise see plenty of looks around the web over the two friendlies.

Smith is going to get a great deal of attention whenever she is on the pitch. The previous Stanford star was the No. 1 pick of the 2020 NWSL draft and has as much benefit as anyone on the roster.

However, she is one of 8 players in the 27-woman team with 3 or fewer caps.

Catarina Macario will make her national group debut quickly after leaving Stanford to sign with Lyon. Florida State’s Jaelin Howell is the only amateur on the lineup, however she has flashed her elite skill. Both players will try to provide some imagination in the midfield while revealing they can be the future of this group.

Paris Saint-Germain defender Alana Cook must also get plenty of minutes going forward.

There are few beginning spots up for grabs when all the stars are healthy, but there could be a great deal of turnover in the next few years, so these games offer a chance for the younger gamers to prove they belong.