Lindsey Horan and Alex Morgan have assumed the roles of captains for the U.S. women’s national team in preparation for the upcoming World Cup this summer.
Horan will take on the primary captaincy responsibilities and wear the captain’s armband when she and Alex Morgan are on the field together. Due to an injury, the team will be without their usual captain, Becky Sauerbrunn, for the World Cup. Throughout the 38-year history of the USWNT, 18 players have been officially designated as captains.
Horan has led the team as captain nine times, with five instances occurring in 2022. Her most recent captaincy was during a 1-0 victory over Japan in the SheBelieves Cup. On the other hand, Morgan has captained the team 22 times, earning her first opportunity in 2016.
Explaining the decision to hand the pair the captaincy, head coach Vlatko Andonovski said: “We have a lot of leaders on this team among the young players and the veteran players, and among those, Lindsey and Alex Morgan have vast experience in big games, and they understand what it takes to win at the highest levels. They are ultimate professionals and understand all the factors that go into having a united and motivated team. I know they will represent us well on and off the field at the World Cup.”
On Sunday, the U.S. national team will engage in their last pre-tournament friendly against Wales to prepare for the upcoming World Cup.