Soccer-Sauerbrunn named captain of U.S. women's national team

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Women's World Cup - United States leave Lyon after winning the World Cup - Fourviere Hotel, Lyon, France - July 8, 2019 Becky Sauerbrunn of the U.S. talks to reporters before leaving the hotel to return to the United States after winning the World Cup yesterday REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

(Reuters) - Defensive standout Becky Sauerbrunn was named captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team on Sunday, taking over the role shared most recently by Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.

The 35-year-old Sauerbrunn, a two-times World Cup champion, 2012 Olympic gold medallist and two-time National Women's Soccer League champion, previously served as co-captain of the national team from 2016-18.

Her appointment as captain was announced by head coach Vlatko Andonovski during a conference call ahead of the team's friendly against Colombia on Monday.

Andonovski said he had conversations with Rapinoe and Lloyd, 35 and 38 respectively, and both were "very supportive" of the decision to name Sauerbrunn as captain going forward.

Sauerbrunn has made 178 appearances for the United States, second among active players behind Lloyd (294).

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto)

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