The United States women’s national team will have two of their best forwards for the SheBelieves Cup.
After missing a couple of friendlies against Colombia last month, Alex Morgan and Christen Press were included in Vlatko Andonovski’s 23-man roster for the competition to be held February 18-24 at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium. Florida. They will play Canada (February 18), Brazil (February 21) and Argentina (February 24), with the South Americans being a late replacement for Japan, which withdrew from the competition due to the resurgence of COVID-19 at home. . The United States won three of the five SheBelieves Cup head-to-head tournaments, lifting the trophy in 2016, 2018 and 2020, while finishing last in 2017 and second in 2019.
There are some important absences. Tobin Heath is unavailable for competition after sustaining an ankle injury that is expected to keep her away for up to 12 weeks, according to Manchester United Women manager Casey Stoney. His teammate (and his Racing Louisville FC expansion draft partner) Press is back, however, just scoring a goal for United over the weekend.
Veterans Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger were bypassed entirely, after participating in last month’s camp, and the omissions will be a topic for the team going forward, and Andonovski will need to narrow his pool of talented players to 18 for the Olympics. , presuming that the games continue as planned this summer.
Here’s a closer look at his latest team:
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
The inclusion of Campbell and the omissions of Aubrey Bledsoe and Harris suggest that she has the inside track to be the goalkeeper of the future. It’s still Naeher’s time, while the capless Murphy is an intriguing third option. The 24-year-old is participating in her third American camp for seniors. He was a starter for the United States U-20 World Cup team in 2018.
Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Spirit of Washington)
This is the core group of defenders going forward, with Kreiger’s obvious omission an indication that the veteran’s time as a regular call-up may be over. Dahlkemper gets the call just making her debut for Manchester City over the weekend, while Purce continues to feature as a defender despite her forward skills (she scored while playing in a more advanced role against Colombia last month).
Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Lyon), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City)
There are no surprises here, with Ertz, Horan, Sam Mewis and Lavelle forming the cornerstone of midfield, while Kristie Mewis has played her way into contention and Macario has appeared as advertised in her brief foray into the international game. Making any cut from this group will be difficult for a team of 18 players.
Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)
Morgan, who is the only NWSL player to participate at her home stadium, returns after missing camp last month with COVID-19, and is joined by a veteran core and rising star in Smith. If Lloyd plays in all three games, it will put her at a limit of 300 in her illustrious career.
Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Jaelin Howell (Florida State), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars)
It’s not an encouraging sign for Pugh that she’s been relegated to “training player” status, especially after being an Olympian as a teenager in 2016, but at least it keeps her on the radar as she looks to rekindle her career this season. NWSL in Chicago. Fox, the top pick in the 2021 NWSL draft, and Howell, meanwhile, are clear players for the future, while Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan is likely not even breaking into this group due to an injury he sustained last month. to camp.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.