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Rodman among US players called for confrontation with Uzbekistan

Trinity Rodman was one of the young players named on the roster of the American women’s national team for a few matches next month against Uzbekistan.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski has left veterans including Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Christian Press and Tobin Heath out of the squad announced on Tuesday as he continues to evaluate players ahead of this summer’s World Cup qualifiers.

The team has just four games to prepare for the CONCACAF W Championship in Monterrey, Mexico, in July. The tournament will determine the region’s four berths in the 2023 World Cup and one place in the 2024 Olympics.

Among the 23 players on the list are 14 players with 15 or fewer national team appearances. Three players, goalkeepers Bella Bixby and Aubrey Kingsbury and defender Naomi Girma, have yet to play in a game for the United States.

Rodman, the daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman, has made two appearances with the national team. She signed a four-year contract with the Washington Spirit this year worth a reported $ 1.1 million, making her the highest paid player in the National Women’s Soccer League.

The United States has never confronted Uzbekistan, number 48 in the world.

Scheduling for the international window was a challenge as teams were still dealing with international COVID-19 restrictions. CONCACAF and UEFA also have World Cup qualifiers during the April window, limiting available opponents. The United States is the defending World Cup champion.

“Of course we know that there was another opponent in this window, but for various reasons it did not happen. “I am glad we were able to win these matches, and Uzbekistan was the highest position of the teams ahead of us,” said Andonovski. “But we are not going to take this match differently from any other match or opponent. We take this game very seriously and I know that the players look at this game as an opportunity to show themselves, to prove themselves or to prove that they belong in this team. “

The matches against Uzbekistan are scheduled for April 9 in Columbus, Ohio, and on April 12 in Chester, outside Philadelphia.

Andonovski said Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn are nursing injuries. Tierna Davidson and Lynn Williams were injured in pre-season play in the National Women’s Soccer League.

The schedule for the friendly matches against Uzbekistan, with club affiliation:

Goalkeepers: Bella Bixby (Portland Thorns), Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).

Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave), Imani Dorsey (Gotham), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Sofia Huerta (Reign), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Kelley O’Hara (Washington ) Spirit).

Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Lyon), Jaelin Howell (Racing Louisville), Rose Lavelle (Reign), Catarina Macario (Lyon), Kristie Mewis (Gotham), Samantha Mewis (Kansas City Current), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Margaret Purce (NJ / NY Gotham), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns).

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