Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn Are Back Practicing With the USWNT for Their First Match Following the 2023 World Cup

They will take on the South Africa women’s national team tonight in Cincinnati.
Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn.

Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn.

For the first time since their Round of 16 loss in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in early August, the U.S. Women’s National Team is back together and preparing to compete. The soccer players are in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday where they will take on the South Africa women’s national team tonight, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Ahead of the match, the team has gathered together in Ohio to practice and spend quality time as a squad. Since the World Cup took place over the summer, the players have returned to competing with their National Women’s Soccer League teams. This international friendly match against the South African team is the first time they will compete together since their loss to Sweden.

Several of the players have expressed their excitement over the opportunity to practice and play together once again, including star defender Crystal Dunn. Dunn posted a photo to her Instagram on Sept. 20, featuring a recent team practice in Ohio.

In addition to being their first match back together, the game is also momentous for being the last for one of their team members. Julie Ertz, who competed for the USWNT in 2015, 2019 and 2023 FIFA World Cups, will play her last match for the team. The USWNT account has shared several tributes to the midfielder leading up to her final appearance.

The game tonight will be one of two against the South African women’s team. They will compete again on Sunday, Sept. 24 in Chicago, Ill. Among the group taking the field will be both Dunn and Alex Morgan, who likewise shared a sweet tribute to the departing Ertz ahead of the game.

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.