With most teams down to one final regular season game and anxious to find out where (or if) they’ll be seeded for the playoffs, the NWSL is once again on break for an international window. OL Reign has nine players away on national team duty this month.
The USWNT concludes their post-Olympics tour with their final home games of 2021 and a farewell to national team legend Carli Lloyd, who will retire from international duty after Tuesday’s game against South Korea. Rose Lavelle and Megan Rapinoe were called up from OL Reign by US head coach Vlatko Andonovski, along with most of the rest of the squad which went to the Tokyo Olympics. The first game is tomorrow in Kansas City, with the follow-up on Tuesday in Minnesota.
Canada will celebrate their Olympic gold medal victory with a pair of home friendlies against New Zealand. Quinn has been called in by Canada for the friendlies, where they will potentially line up against club teammate Rosie White, who has joined the Football Ferns. The first game will take place on Saturday in Ottawa, with the second on Tuesday in Montreal.
Jimena Lopez and Mexico have one friendly scheduled for this window, a Saturday afternoon game against Argentina in Tepatitlán de Morelos, Mexico. Lopez was an unused sub in Mexico’s September friendly against Colombia.
Shirley Cruz’s Costa Rica is again in action during this window. They will be traveling to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for a pair of friendlies against Jamaica, the first on Thursday and the second on Sunday. In the September window, Las Ticas split their games against Panama, falling 2-1 in the first match and winning the second, 3-2. Cruz started both of those games.
Angelina traveled to Australia for two matches with Brazil — one on Saturday and another on Tuesday. This is Angelina’s fourth senior call-up. During the September FIFA international match window, Angelina scored her first goal for the squad.
In UEFA, the group stage of 2023 World Cup qualification continues. Dzsenifer Marozsán and Germany have a pair of games against Israel. The first sees the Germans travel to Petah Tikva, Israel, for a Thursday match, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday in Essen, Germany. Germany are currently at the top of Group H after winning both of their match-ups in September’s window, while Israel are fifth in the group, with one loss in their only game to date.
Jess Fishlock and Wales start this window with a Friday match-up against Slovenia in Lendava, Slovenia, before returning home to host Estonia in Cardiff on Tuesday. Wales are second in Group I with a 2-0-0 record, just behind France on goal differential; Slovenia sit just behind them in third after splitting results in September, and Estonia are in fifth with two losses.
OL Reign October international schedule
(all kickoff times PT)
Thursday, October 21
9:00 AM: Israel vs. Germany – HaMoshava Stadium, Petah Tikva, Israel
2:00 PM: Costa Rica vs. Jamaica – DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
5:00 PM: USWNT vs. Korea Republic – Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City — ESPN2 / TUDN
Friday, October 22
11:15 AM: Slovenia vs. Wales – Športni Park Lendava, Lendava, Slovenia — BBC Two Wales (Free registration likely required)
Saturday, October 23
1:45 AM: Brazil vs. Australia – CommBank Stadium, Parramatta, Australia
12:00 PM: Canada vs. New Zealand – TD Place Stadium, Ottawa, Canada
2:00 PM: Mexico vs. Argentina – Estadio Tepa Gómez, Tepatitlán de Morelos, Mexico
Sunday, October 24
2:00 PM: Costa Rica vs. Jamaica – DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida — ataFootball.com
Tuesday, October 26
2:04 AM: Brazil vs. Australia – CommBank Stadium, Parramatta, Australia
7:05 AM: Germany vs. Israel – Stadion Essen, Essen, Germany — Paramount+
11:15 AM: Wales vs. Estonia – Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
4:30 PM: Canada vs. New Zealand – Saputo Stadium, Montreal, Canada
5:00 PM: USWNT vs. Korea Republic – Allianz Field, Saint Paul, Minnesota — FS1 / TUDN