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USWNT Form Index: Safety [in] net at goalkeeper?

In our latest USWNT Form Index, we take a look at the goalkeepers in the U.S. pool, and how experience could play a major deciding factor

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is closer than anyone might want to admit, and not even the goalkeeper depth chart — the shortest list of any other position — is all that straightforward for the United States women’s national team.

This is the USWNT Form Index, a series checking in on the form of players in each position ahead of the World Cup roster drop in late June. The Equalizer opted for the USWNT Form Index in lieu of rewriting a mock roster every two weeks, because that’s how uncertain things have been in several key positions.

We’ve already checked in on forwards and central midfielders. Now, let’s talk about the goalkeepers. There are four players fighting for three positions. And is there really an open battle for the No. 1 position? Let’s go down the line.

Alyssa Naeher: The incumbent veteran

Alyssa Naeher was the team’s starting goalkeeper in 2019 and was in net for all seven matches, as the U.S. won another World Cup title. She faced relentless and often misguided media scrutiny as the notably quieter replacement for Hope Solo, who was in net for the 2015 World Cup triumph.

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