Manchester City head coach Gareth Taylor is expecting his American internationals to link up with the United States for next month’s two-game European tour.
The United States have arranged European friendlies against Sweden in Stockholm on 10 April and against France three days later in Le Havre.
During the last international window, a number of Barclays FA Women’s Super League players were unable to travel to both Sweden and France due to COVID-19 travel restrictions which largely related to the potential spread of virus variants from the UK. Manchester City boss Taylor believes that the situation may be different next month and is expecting Abby Dahlkemper, Rose Lavelle and Sam Mewis to link-up with the United States squad for their fixtures if selected.
“I’m expecting them to go,” Taylor told FAWSL Full-Time. “It is more of a European trip whereas previously, they returned to the States for the SheBelieves.
“It is always a bit of a concern and there was the same concern when the players went away last time but it is what it is, everyone is trying to do right by their thing whether that be us or nations on the international front.
“We respect that, we would never want to put our players in any kind of harm. The way that the land lies at the minute, the situation seems to be improving, particularly here on home soil with less cases.
“It is something we are on top of and we are making sure that if there are any red flags, we are dealing with them at the right time.
“I expect them to be called up to go away as normal.”
In addition to Taylor’s comments, US Soccer informed FAWSL Full-Time via an official press release early today that all players and staff entering the United States camp in April will be tested for COVID-19 before travelling, upon arrival and every two days thereafter. The United States will not begin full team training in Europe until the results of all arrival tests are confirmed. The nation are very much making safety their top priority ahead of their latest camp.
If selected, Dahlkemper, Lavelle and Mewis will go off on international duty following Manchester City’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture at Tottenham Hotspur on 4 April and they will return in time for the club’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Aston Villa a fortnight later.