USWNT players from Colorado are Lindsey Horan, Mallory Swanson, Sophia Smith and Jaelin Howell. Horan was the co-captain for the 2023 Women's World Cup.
Horan took over the captain's armband from regular captain Becky Sauerbrunn as the CB missed out on the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup due to injury.
The recent friendlies against South Africa on September 21 and 24 have seen quite a few changes to the side. Out of the four players from Colorado, only Horan was part of the squad for the two friendlies.
Sophia Smith and Lindsey Horan were the two Coloradans who made it to the USWNT World Cup squad as well. A torn patellar tendon was the reason Swanson missed the cut for the quadrennial competition.
USWNT Colorado Players
USWNT players who are from Colorado are:
- Lindsey Horan - Midfield
- Mallory Swanson - Forward
- Sophia Smith - Forward
- Jaelin Howell - Midfield
Lindsey Horan - Midfield
Horan was born on May 26, 1994, in Golden, Colorado. She has become an integral part of the USWNT having over 100 caps for the national side.
She is a versatile player at the center of the pitch who is known for her progressive passing and loves taking control of the ball. She is one of the best when it comes to carrying the ball and opening up the defense with her creative passes.
She has 8.10 progressive passes per 90 minutes which is an amazing feat for a midfielder. Her vision is one of her strongest suits and has helped the team a lot.
Horan did not play college soccer even though she had a scholarship to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels. She did not pursue her college career and instead joined Paris Saint-German (PSG).
Lindsey Horan started her international career with the U-17 and U-20 sides. She now has 135 appearances for the senior national team and scored 29 times.
Her first appearance for the senior team came in March 2013 at the young age of only 18. She made two appearances that year. Horan scored her first international goal in 2015 against Trinidad and Tobago.
Her leadership skills earned her the captain's armband for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. She shared the duties with Alex Morgan.
Hoarn is currently contracted with another French club Lyon after securing a transfer from the Portland Thorns in June 2023. The French side paid $274,000 and an added conditional bonus of $54,750 for her services.
Mallory Swanson - Forward
Mallory Diane Swanson was born in Littleton, Colorado, on April 29, 1998. Her birth name was Mallory Diane Pugh. The 25-year-old forward currently plays for the Chicago Red Stars of the (NWSL).
She too started her international career with the U-17 and U-20 sides. After some stellar performances for the U-20 team, Swanson was called up for the senior team at the age of 17.
Swanson was the youngest player in more than a decade to get a call-up. She made her debut in January 2016 against Ireland becoming the youngest player after Heather O'Reilly (2002) to debut for the national side.
She also went on to score on debut and became the 19th United States player to do so. She made 17 appearances that year scoring 4 times with 7 assists. She has 88 appearances for the USWNT having scored 32 goals and 27 assists.
Swanson had still not turned pro and had already made her mark on the national side. There were many speculations surrounding her decision as to which team she would sign for.
She joined the Washington Spirit in 2017 after she turned pro and had 40 caps scoring ten goals. She was then traded to Sky Blue FC in 2020 and then to her current team, the Red Stars.
Sophia Smith - Forward
Sophia Olivia Smith plays for the Portland Thorns as a forward beginning in 2020. She played college soccer for the Stanford Cardinal women's soccer team making 33 appearances and scoring 24 goals.
She was born in Windsor, Colorado, on August 10, 2000. She started her soccer journey with Real Colorado similar to Swanson.
She turned pro in 2020 and has been part of the Thorns having played 55 games and scoring 32 times.
Smith's international career took off with the U-20 team where she scored 21 times in 25 appearances. She made her senior team debut against the Netherlands in November 2020 and became the first player born in the 2000s to do so for the USWNT.
Sophia Smith has made 34 appearances for the senior national team and was also part of the 2023 World Cup squad as one of the youngest players on the roster. She has scored 14 goals as of now.
She is also the recipient of the US Soccer Female Player of the Year in 2022 and the NWSL MVP the same year.
Jaelin Howell - Midfield
Jaelin Marie Howell was born on November 21, 1999, in Windsor, Colorado. Smith and Howell belong to the same place and have known each other since they were five. Now, they both play for the USWNT.
Howell is a talented midfielder who plays as a number 6 and also dons the jersey with the same number. She is well known for her defensive skills and thrives as a defensive midfielder.
She does have attacking capabilities as well and that is what makes her unique. Howell played 90 games for the Florida State Seminoles during her college career and helped her team win two NCAA Division I Championships in 2018 and 2021.
She played for both the U-17 and U-20 sides and made her senior team debut in November 2020 against the Netherlands. Sophia Smith too made her debut in the very same game.
Howell has only made 5 appearances for the USWNT and scored once. She will soon turn 24 and there is no doubt that she will guarantee a spot in the national side very soon.
She is currently signed with Racing Louisville FC of the NWSL.
Youngest Player On The USWNT
The youngest player on the USWNT squad are Alyssa Thompson and Jaedyn Shaw who are both aged 18. Thompson has 7 caps for the senior national team.
The other young squad members of the current squad are:
- Trinity Rodman - 21 years-old
- Mia Fishel - 22 years-old
- Naomi Girma - 23 years-old
The USWNT recently played a friendly against South Africa on September 24. The squad had 25 players and had a mixture of both veterans and young players.
Thompson was also part of the national team for the recently held Women's World Cup. At 18, she was the youngest player on the USWNT squad.
Shaw on the other hand is yet to make her debut for the senior team but was included in the squad for the friendly on Sunday.
Trinity Rodman is only 21 and was selected for the World Cup as well and was the second youngest on the team. Sophia Smith was third aged 22 at that time and was not called up for the friendly.
The new Chelsea forward Mia Fischel got her first call-up for the senior team in 2020 and made her debut in 2023. Naomi Girma is only 23 and has already made a name for herself at the heart of the USWNT defense. Girma too made it to the World Cup squad
Oldest Player On The USWNT
Megan Rapinoe turned 38 in July and was the oldest player on the USWNT roster for the friendly match on September 24. This was also her senior team appearance.
The other oldest players in the squad are:
- Alyssa Naeher - 35 years-old
- Alex Morgan - 34 years-old
- Casey Krueger - 33 years-old
Rapinoe made her debut for the USWNT in 2006 and has played over 200 games for the senior side scoring 63 goals. The 2019 Ballon d'Or Féminin winner has two World Cup gold medals and an Olympic gold. She finally hung up her boots as a true legend of the sport with a victory on Sunday.
Naeher is also a veteran goalkeeper of the sport with 96 international appearances and made her debut for the national team in 2014. Another legend of the sport is Alex Morgan who has 121 goals for the USWNT and is still going strong at 34.
She has been with the team for over a decade and is one of the most experienced in the squad. Krueger made her debut in 2016 and has earned 40 caps so far. The defender is yet to score for the side.
All soccer players have a dream to one day represent the national team. It is not an easy task to represent your country and takes a lot of hard work and patience.
There are players who have held their positions in the national team due to their skills and experience. Many have gone on to play hundreds of games for the USWNT.
USWNT Players With 100 Caps
The top 10 USWNT players with over 100 Caps are:
- Kristine Lilly - 354
- Carli Loyd - 316
- Christie Pearce - 311
- Mia Hamm - 276
- Julie Foudy - 273
- Abby Wambach - 255
- Joy Fawcett - 241
- Heather O'Reilly - 231
- Becky Sauerbrunn - 216
- Alex Morgan - 213