Today all fans of the Stars and Stripes are asking the same question: why isn't Alex Morgan with the USWNT in the match against Uzbekistan?
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The match against Uzbekistan is being played without the San Diego Wave striker, and everyone wants to know why she wasn't called up for the game.
Why Alex Morgan is not with the USWNT against Uzbekistan?
Because the game against the Uzbekistan national soccer team is not an official FIFA match and is only a friendly match, the player is not eligible for coach Vlatko Andonovski.
In addition, the USWNT coach has long been trying to bring younger players into the Stars and Stripes squad as he wants to have a healthy generational change in the team.
As a result, the starting lineup averages 26.8 years of age, with only two players, O'Hara (33) and Naeher (33), over the age of 30. Five players - Cook (24), Pugh (23), Fox (23), Macario (22), and Smith (21) - are under the age of 25.
And for that very reason of generational change, the lineup for this match averages 57 caps per player with O'Hara (151) and Horan (109) as the players with the most caps on this list and in camp overall.
All six 2019 World Cup champions called up for the April training camp are in this starting lineup of the match against Uzbekistan. Cook is the only player in the lineup with single-digit caps. The game, which is being played at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio is a special place for Andonovsky.
At this site, the USWNT head coach won his first match with a 3-2 victory over Sweden on November 7, 2019. And of those 11 players who played in that first match under Vlatko Andonovsky, four players are in tonight's XI in Columbus: Naeher, Dahlkemper, Horan, and Lavelle.
How is Alex Morgan doing with the San Diego Wave?
The Stars and Stripes' key player scored her first brace with the San Diego Wave, an important accomplishment as she hadn't scored two goals or more since September 2021 with the U.S. national team.
The player's brace comes after her first two games with her new club had no impact on the scoreboard.
But that all changed last Sunday, April 3, when she scored against Angel City FC, an expansion team just like the San Diego Wave, Morgan's new team.
And Morgan's goals are yet another indication of the historical value of this impressive striker, as those two goals helped give the Wave their first-ever win, a 4-2 victory over Angel City.