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Casey Murphy makes 2023 World Cup roster for USWNT



Apr 11, 2023; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; U.S. Womens National Team goalkeeper Casey Murphy (18) makes a save against the Republic of Ireland Womens National Team during the first half at CITYPARK. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Casey Murphy, a two-time All-American, was named to 2023 World Cup roster for the United States Women’s National Team earlier this week. Murphy is 9-2-1 with nine shutouts over 12 starts for the USWNT over the last year. She has started three games in 2023 and hasn’t allowed a goal. Overall in her national team career, Murphy has 10 shutouts in 14 appearances.

In her professional career, Murphy stars for the North Carolina Courage in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). She leads the league with six clean sheets in 12 starts and her 0.95 goals against average is second in the NWSL.

Murphy is expected to backup longtime USWNT starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher at the 2023 World Cup. The veteran has had a hold in net for the Americans for years as she has 90 career caps including as the 2019 World Cup starter.

At Rutgers, Murphy had a stellar run before her pro and national team careers began. From 2014-2017, Murphy was a two-time Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, a MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist, two-time All-American and All-Region selection. She also set a program record with 45 career shutouts, which is second in Big Ten history. In 2015, Rutgers made its first ever College Cup (Final Four) and Murphy was a major contributor on that team.

Murphy was also honored as a Scholar All-Americas and Academic All-Big ten selection. Her final accolade that she received at Rutgers was the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2018.

Being selected to the World Cup roster has been years in the making for Murphy. She has played for multiple United States youth national teams including at the U14, U15, U18, U20 and U23 levels.

In international friendlies since 2022 to prepare for the World Cup, Murphy started 11 of 22 games with Naeher starting the other half of the slate.

The United States will open play in the 2023 World Cup on July 21 at 9:00 p.m against Vietnam. They’ll then play the Netherlands on July 26 before finishing group play against Portugal on August 1.

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