Wednesday, January 26, 2022

US women’s team focuses on emerging talent for upcoming camp

Several major US women’s national team veterans were dropped from coach Wlatko Andonovsky’s January training camp roster as the team focuses on preparing its young players for the World Cup this summer.

Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Kristen Press and Tobin Heath were on Wednesday not named in the 25-player roster for camp starting next week in Austin, Texas.

Instead, Andonowski is focusing on emerging talent, including forward Trinity Rodman, defender Naomi Girma and midfielder Jailin Howell. The thirteen players on the roster have 12 or fewer appearances with the national team.


Andonowski’s evaluation of young players began after the Tokyo Olympics, where the US earned the bronze medal.

“We wanted to see these young players and we wanted to give them a chance,” Andonowski said. “With more senior players around, the younger players will not have as much opportunity as they had or were going to get. Now, we will evaluate all these players in this camp and we will start deciding on future camps. Also. With all this, these (veteran) players are by no means out of the picture.”

Rodman was the 2021 US Soccer Young Player of the Year after his rookie season with the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. It is the first national team call-up for 19-year-old Rodman, the daughter of former NBA star Dennis Rodman.

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