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Amy Griffin Names 18-Player Roster for Historic U.S. Women's Deaf National Team Friendly vs. Australia

CHICAGO (May 22, 2024) – U.S. Women’s Deaf National Team head coach Amy Griffin has selected 18 players for the team’s friendly against Australia which will be the first game of a historic doubleheader with the U.S. Women’s National Team on Saturday, June 1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.


USA-Australia, presented by Volkswagen (2 p.m. ET; truTV, Max, Telemundo App, YouTube, Telemundo Social Channels) Ahead of USWNT Friendly Against Korea Republic (5 p.m. ET; TNT, Universo, truTV, Max and Peacock)

Members of the 2022 Gold medal squad pose at the Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil (Photo: USADSF / Julian Simons)

Seventeen players from the squad that helped the USA claim the 2023 DIFA World Deaf Football Championship are on the roster for USA-Australia, presented by Volkswagen, live at 2 p.m. ET / noon MT. As part of the historic occasion, the match will be broadcast live in English on truTV and Max, and in Spanish via the Telemundo App, Telemundo YouTube, and network social media channels. In the day’s second game, the USWNT will face Korea Republic in head coach Emma Hayes’ managerial debut with the United States at 5 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. MT (TNT, truTV, Universo, Max and Peacock).

“We’re excited to reconvene and bring back a majority of the team that helped us win our third World Championship last year,” said U.S. Women’s Deaf National Team head coach Amy Griffin. “This group is inspirational and always continues to strive for more, so there is no better way to begin our preparation for this year’s Deaf Pan Am Games than the platform that comes with a national television broadcast to kick off a historic doubleheader with the U.S. Women’s National Team. We’re looking forward to being together again, and also giving more visibility to Deaf Soccer as we write another important chapter in the history of the U.S. Women’s Deaf National Team.”


Similar to the standard set by the USWNT internationally, the U.S. Deaf WNT has been remarkably dominant, going 37-0-1 and outscoring opponents 177-15 since beginning play in 2005. In that time, the team has claimed gold medals at the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2022 Deaflympics and won the 2012, 2016 and 2023 World Deaf Football Championships.


Headlining the roster are the team’s three all-time appearance leaders in co-captains Kate Ward (Atlanta, Ga.; 30 caps) and Sydney Andrews (Wichita, Kan.; 27 caps), as well as U.S. Soccer’s 2023 Female Deaf Player of the Year Emily Spreeman (Fountain Valley, Calif.), whose 27 goals in 23 appearances also make her the Deaf WNT’s all-time leading scorer.


Joining the trio are two players with Colorado connections. Veteran defender Mia White (Littleton, Colo.) will meet up with the squad after a long flight from Finland where she competes professionally for FC KTP, while midfielder Holly Hunter (Temecula, Calif.) played her first two collegiate seasons at the University of Colorado before transferring to Northern Arizona University where she will play her senior season this fall.


As part of U.S. Soccer’s strategic initiative to develop winning teams, this month’s camp will serve as the initial preparation for the team ahead of its first appearance at the Deaf Pan American Games to be held Nov. 7-18 in Canoas, Brazil.




GOALKEEPER (1): 1-Taegan Frandsen*^ (Centerville, Utah; 8/0)


DEFENDERS (6): 11-Sydney Andrews*^ (Wichita, Kan.; 27/1), 15-Beth Barbiers*^ (Atlanta, Ga.; 3/0), 3-Paige Beaudry*^ (Riverview, Mich.; 11/0), 6-Mia McMurry* (Asheville, N.C.; 4/0), 17-Mia White*^ (Littleton, Colo.; 11/1), 18-Faith Wylie*^ (Decatur, Texas; 10/6)


MIDFIELDERS (8): 8-Erin Cembrale*^ (Oyster Bay, N.Y.; 10/5), 5-Gracie Fitzgerald*^ (Georgetown, Ind.; 17/4), 24-Holly Hunter (Temecula, Calif.; 5/5), 9-Ani Khachadourian*^ (Cary, N.C.; 9/7),16-Emma Neff* (Oakwood, Ohio; 5/1), 14-Paris Price*^ (Fall City, Wash.; 11/1), 7-Sabina Shysh* (Tucson, Ariz.; 1/0), 2-Kate Ward*^ (Atlanta, Ga.; 30/8)


FORWARDS (3): 12-Sophie Post*^ (Murry, Utah; 11/6), 20-Hannah Romero (Rialto, Calif.; 0/0), 10-Emily Spreeman*^ (Fountain Valley, Calif.; 23/27)

*Part of squad at 2023 DIFA World Deaf Football Championships ^Part of squad at 2022 Deaflympics


As part of U.S. Soccer’s mission to celebrate the game in all of its forms, the Deaf WNT’s match against Australia on June 1 will mark several historic firsts for the team as well as U.S. Soccer’s Extended National Teams program. Among them, it’s the first time an Extended National Team (ENT) will participate in a doubleheader with one of U.S. Soccer’s senior national teams, while the match broadcast on truTV, Max, and Telemundo digital platforms will mark the first time an ENT has played on television in a U.S. Soccer-controlled match, and Volkswagen’s title sponsorship of USA-Australia also marks the first time an ENT has had a presenting partner for one of its games.


Meanwhile, since the Deaf WNT’s 38 previous international matches have all been played in tournaments abroad, USA-Australia will also be the team’s first full-international on U.S. soil.



The Deaf WNT took its initial steps in 1999, when the first U.S. side won the St. John’s Tournament, a small-sided competition played in London, England. Two years later, the team was again victorious at 2001 De Hearne Kortrijk Indoor Tournament in Belgium. Those two competitions laid the groundwork for the modern U.S. Women’s Deaf National Team which began competing in 11-a-side competition at the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia.

Since that time, the Deaf WNT has gone a remarkable 37-0-1 in 38 all-time matches, outscoring its opponents 177-15 en route to winning four Deaflympics (2005, 2009, 2013 and 2022) and three World Deaf Football Championships (2012, 2016 and 2023). And what about that one draw in their record? That came in the 2022 Deaflympics Final, when the USA tied Poland 2-2, claiming its fourth gold medal by winning 4-2 on penalty kicks.


COACHED BY CHAMPIONS The team is led by two world champions in head coach Amy Griffin and assistant coach Joy Fawcett. The pair helped the U.S. Women’s National Team take home the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, while Fawcett also represented the U.S. at the 1995, 1999 and 2003 tournaments, winning another World Cup in 1999. Fawcett also won gold medals with the USWNT at the 1996 and 2004 Summer Olympics.



Out of the five disciplines that make up U.S. Soccer’s ENT programming, Deaf Soccer holds the closest resemblance to the standard game, with only two main rules that differentiate it. First, the sport is contested by Deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes, with qualifying players needing to have a hearing loss of at least 55 decibels in their “better ear”. All players competing in Deaf matches must remove all hearing aids before playing.


Secondly, referees have a flag which they raise along with blowing their whistle to provide a visual cue for players to know when play has stopped. Aside from those two adaptations, Deaf Soccer follows the standard 11-a-side Laws of the Game governed by the International Football Association Board.



  • As of June 1, the roster will have an average age of 25 years, 351 days.

  • The squad also averages 11 international caps.

  • Seventeen of the 18 players were part of the squad that claimed the 2023 World Deaf Football Championship in Malaysia, while 13 players also helped the USA claim the gold medal at the 2022 Deaflympics in Caxias do Sul, Brazil.

  • Along with being the leading cap-winners on this roster, co-captains Kate Ward (30) and Sydney Andrews (27), along with Emily Spreeman (23) are the three all-time appearance leaders in Deaf WNT history.

  • Spreeman, who won the U.S. Soccer’s 2023 Women’s Deaf Player of the Year on the strength of 13 goals and five assists at Deaf World Championships, is also the USA’s all-time leading scorer with 27 goals in her 23 caps. A two-time Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner at the 2016 and 2023 World Deaf Football Championships, Spreeman is the only player on the roster that was part of the USA’s inaugural Deaflympics squad in 2005 where she started all six matches as a 15-year-old.

  • A veteran of each of the last three Deaf World Championships and three Deaflympics squads, Ward has appeared in 30 of the team’s last 31 matches dating back to her debut, also as a 15-year-old at the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei.

  • Andrews has played in each of the team’s last 27 matches, dating back to her debut at the 2012 DIFA World Deaf Football Championships in Ankara, Turkey.

  • Defender Mia White hails from nearby Littleton, Colorado, and currently plays professionally with FC KTP in Finland. 

  • Midfielder Holly Hunter played two years of collegiate soccer at the University of Colorado (2021-2022) before transferring to Northern Arizona University. She scored five goals in as many appearances during her debut tournament with the Deaf WNT in 2023, including the game-winning goal in the 3-0 win against Turkey in the tournament final.

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