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Six USWNT-eligible players who impressed at the NWSL Challenge Cup

Sam Staab (Photo Copyright Lucas Muller)

It’s anybody’s guess as to when the United States women’s national team will play again (the general answer is: not soon!). Still, head coach Vlatko Andonovski and staff attended the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup, which for them served as extended evaluation periods for a deep pool of U.S. players.

Which American players impressed? We chose six names, among many.

Sam Staab, Washington Spirit

The Washington Spirit picked up right where they left off a year earlier, continuing their dramatic 2019 turnaround with an impressive opening-day win in this year’s Challenge Cup over last year’s finalists, the Chicago Red Stars. A major part of Washington’s revival over the past 18 months has been Sam Staab, who played every minute of this summer’s tournament before a combination of injuries and minute restrictions helped derail the team in the quarterfinal round.

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