Alyssa Thompson replaces injured Swanson in USWNT squad
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Alyssa Thompson replaces injured Swanson in USWNT squad

U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has been forced to make one roster change ahead of Tuesday’s final April friendly vs. the Republic of Ireland.

Forward Alyssa Thompson will replace Mallory Swanson for the USWNT ahead of Tuesday’s showdown at CITYPARK in St. Louis, Missouri. Swanson suffered a torn patella tendon in her left knee during Saturday’s 2-0 USWNT and will head back to Chicago for further evaluation.

The 18-year-old Thompson was the #1 pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft by Angel City FC, becoming the youngest draft pick in league history. Thompson has gotten off to a positive start in her first professional season, scoring on her debut and earning a penalty kick in her second match for Angel City FC.

Thompson featured for the USWNT U-20’s during the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica. She has two senior USWNT caps which were both earned last October against England and Spain.

Swanson’s absence is a major worry ahead of this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The veteran attacker has scored seven goals in six USWNT appearances in 2023 and would be a huge loss for Andonovski’s squad going forward.

The Americans face the Netherlands, Vietnam, and Portugal this summer in group stage play.

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