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Three Gotham players selected for USWNT World Cup squad

Gotham FC forward Lynn Williams celebrates after scoring against Noth Carolina Courage
Rob Kinnan / USA TODAY Sports, Courtesy Gotham FC

The final rosters for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup were announced today, and three Gotham FC players made the cut.

The heavily favored US Women’s National Team selected midfielder Kristie Mewis, defender Kelley O’Hara, and forward Lynn Williams.

This will be the first World Cup for Mewis. The 32-year-old midfielder was capped by the USWNT in 2013 and 2014, but then wasn’t selected again until 2020. Mewis now has 51 caps, and made five appearances for the national team this year alone.

This will be the fourth World Cup for O’Harra. The 34-year-old defender has 157 caps for the USWNT, and was in the Starting XI of the team that defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the 2019 World Cup Final. She was also on the 2011 and 2015 World Cup squads.

This will also be a World Cup debut for Williams, who is Gotham’s leading scorer with six goals. The 30-year-old Williams has 52 caps, and scored one goal in five appearances with the USWNT this year. Earlier this week, Williams signed a contract extension that will keep her at Gotham through 2025.

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The roster was revealed by a celebrity-packed announcement that featured President Joe Biden, Taylor Swift, and a few other names you might recognize:

You can find the full team here.

The USWNT are the ranked number one in the world by FIFA, ahead of Germany, Sweden, and England, and are the most successful women’s national team in history. But this is expected to be a tightly-contested tournemnt as the high quality of European professional leagues have raised the level of play throughout the world.

The 2023 FIFA Women’s World cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand this July and August. The United States are in Group E, along with the Netherlands, Portugal, and Vietnam. Group Stage play begins on July 20, the knockout stages begin on August 5, and the final will be played on August 20. All games will be broadcast on Fox.

USWNT Group Stage Schedule

• US vs Vietnam, July 22
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

• US vs Netherlands, July 27
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

• US vs Portugal, August 1
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand

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