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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