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Captain Lindsey Horan sends a strong message to USWNT’s youngsters

USWNT captain Lindsey Horan has shared her message with a promising group of young talents, setting a high standard for them to aspire to.

Despite their historical dominance in women’s football, the United States faced a significant setback with a last-16 exit at the 2023 World Cup. In response, both on-field and off-field changes are underway, including the impending appointment of Chelsea manager Emma Hayes, as the team integrates a fresh wave of talent into its renowned roster.

Horan remains one of the most experienced USWNT players with almost 150 caps, and has told FIFA’s official website of the demands being placed on stars of today and tomorrow: “I’ve made it known that they make up a lot of this team now. That’s the biggest thing. I’ve told them: ‘We need you guys to get the level you need to be at as soon as possible. Maybe it’s come around a little bit quicker than you thought it would – but you have to get [used to] the fine details, have conversations, and learn as much as you can in this environment. You guys can all do it and that’s why you’re here.’”

Horan believes USWNT faces a challenge with so many stars retiring

Horan added on what rising stars have to offer the USWNT, with legends such as Megan Rapinoe, Ali Krieger, and Julie Ertz among those to have headed off into retirement: “It’s a really exciting and I think everyone should stay tuned and watch what these young kids can do. We’ve got some leaders in there, too, and we’re meshing well. There are always going to be setbacks – individually and collectively in the span of your career – and maybe the World Cup was one of them, but it’s how you come out of that. That’s what we’ve always said after that World Cup. It’s about how it shapes us and how we can turn it into a positive.”

The USWNT is currently focused on the Gold Cup, aiming to secure another trophy. Additionally, they are gearing up for a quest for Olympic gold as the Games approach in late July when Paris will host the prestigious event.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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