USWNT: San Diego Wave star Taylor Kornieck earns first call-up

On June 7, Taylor Kornieck was driving when a text message, from a number she didn’t have saved to her phone, flashed on her car dashboard. It wasn’t a spam or phishing message, but one from someone she’s hoping to get to know well. “Hi Taylor, this is Vlatko,” it opened.

The Vlatko in question is, of course, Vlatko Andonovski, the coach of the United States women’s national team. And in his text, he asked the budding San Diego Wave FC star midfielder if she had a few minutes to chat.

“Literally my heart dropped,” says the 23-year-old Kornieck.

She promptly pulled into a Shell gas station, cut short a phone call with her mother and rang Andonovski. It was then he told her she would be on the 23-person roster heading to Mexico for the Concacaf W Championship this July, an event which doubles as qualification for the 2023 Women’s World Cup and ’24 Paris Olympics. “I was speechless,” Kornieck says. “I couldn’t believe it. It’s been my dream ever since I was a little girl.”

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