What a year for USWNT teen Alyssa Thompson! Winners and losers as Vlatko Andonovski names his 2023 Women's World Cup roster

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There are always surprises when a nation names its World Cup roster - and that was no different on Wednesday, when Vlatko Andonovski named the 23 players that will represent the U.S. women's national team, the reigning world champion, in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

Sadly, injuries in recent months to several key players meant it was already known that a few big names were not going to be on this list. But, as the old saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens, and several players have been presented with huge opportunities on the biggest stage.

GOAL breaks down the winners and losers from the USWNT roster announcement...

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