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From Notre Dame to the USWNT: How Korbin Albert earned a national team call

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After a disappointing World Cup, now is a time of change for the United States women’s national team. Interim head coach Twila Kilgore is exploring different options for the team, and has handed debuts to Mia Fishel, Jaedyn Shaw and M.A. Vignola. Ahead of the upcoming friendlies with China in early December, Korbin Albert became the latest newcomer called up to the squad.

Albert made her name as a goal-scoring midfielder with the University of Notre Dame. In her final year, she found the net 16 times and was nominated for the Mac Hermann Trophy alongside Jenna Nighswonger and eventual winner Michelle Cooper. She was in the U.S. squad for the U-20 World Cup last year, starting two of their three games. Then, in January 2023, she made the move to professional soccer, joining French giants Paris Saint-Germain on a two-and-a-half year deal.

With PSG, the 20-year-old primarily plays in a more withdrawn role, sometimes acting as their deepest midfielder. She has started in both of their Champions League group games so far, against Bayern Munich and Ajax, as well as three of their seven league fixtures. PSG are a fluid attacking side whose setup fluctuates regularly, and Albert is still developing an understanding with her teammates. As a consequence, her role can look very different from one game to another.

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