USA women’s captain Becky Sauerbrunn will MISS the World Cup after picking up foot injury in April in major blow to tournament favorites
- Becky Sauerbrunn’s loss will be a big blow to the US women this summer
- She was a vital part of the team’s World Cup-winning squads in 2015 and 2019
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US women’s national team captain Becky Sauerbrunn will not be included in the squad for this summer’s Women’s World Cup, according to a new report.
Sauerbrunn suffered a foot injury in April while with the NWSL’s Portland Thorns.
And while the 38-year-old defender made a return from injury earlier this month, The Athletic reported Friday that Sauerbrunn will be not be going to the Australia and New Zealand-hosted tournament, citing multiple anonymous sources.
Players were informed of their roster status on Thursday, the publication said.
Sauerbrunn is one of several injured American players to miss the tournament, which kicks off on July 20, after attacker Mallory Swanson went down with a knee injury in April.
Becky Sauerbrunn will miss the World Cup for the USWNT after picking up a foot injury in April
The defender returned for the Thorns on June 3 but won’t make the trip to the tournament
Midfield stalwart Sam Mewis will also miss out on the tournament, while Catarina Macario has been ruled out as well.
Another member of the midfield from the 2019-winning squad, Rose Lavelle, hasn’t played since she suffered an injury in April vs. Ireland.
Sauerbrunn is one of the team’s longest standing players with 216 international appearances.
She helped the Americans to two World Cup titles in 2015 and 2019.
Injuries aside, the USWNT is considered a favorite for this tournament, as they’ll still have stars like Alex Morgan and Sophia Smith in the squad.
The USA will begin proceedings in Group E vs. Vietnam on July 21, before playing the Netherlands and then Portugal.