Kicking for the cup

Ellie Koechner, Sports Editor

As the United States Women’s national soccer team prepares for the 2023 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup, the job still remains unfinished. The Women’s World Cup is a fairly new tournament, being established in November of 1991, holding a competition every four years. Of the eight tournaments held, the U.S. won four of the titles (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019). The FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification process determines the 32 teams which play in the Cup. The number of qualifiers was expanded from 24 teams in 2019 to 32 teams in the 2023 edition. The Americans still have yet to qualify for the 2023 event jointly hosted by New Zealand and Australia, who have automatically qualified, although the decision will be made early next year. An American women’s soccer team last played in Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, where they took the silver medal home after falling to Norway in the final. Lindsey Horan is a 27-year- old captain midfielder has become a veteran player or the U.S squad, playing in 106 matches since 2013. Horan was honored on October 21, 2021 as the 41st member of the 100-cap club. In a conference call Horan expressed her hope for leadership. “I would like to be a role model for them, it’s exciting to see new younger players coming in and to start a new cycle, a new era,” Horan said. Vlatko Andonovski of Kansas City, Missouri was named the ninth head coach in the U.S. Women’s National Team History on October 28, 2019. Although Andonovski’s first year was tremendously impacted by COVID-19, he did win his first 11 games in the lead position, setting a record for best start for any coach in United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) history. In a statement, Andonovski expressed excitement for his first trip with the team to the World Cup. “This trip and these games will be fantastic tests and learning opportunities. Getting to go to one of the countries hosting the next World Cup and having to deal with travel and facing one of the best teams in the world is a great way to end the year,” Andonovski said. The United States is currently 28-14 against the Australian Matildas, gaining a win over the team November 26, 3-0. Mary Kate Moeder, X22, has always been a fan of the team, strengthening her love for the game. “I have looked up to these players ever since I was a little girl, their passion for the sport and each other really fueled my love for the game of soccer,” Moeder said. “I am excited to watch very talented teams compete in the World Cup and hopefully bring home the title.” The United States Women’s National Team defeated the Matildas on November 26, 3-0. Keep up with the team’s latest schedule and scores at