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 being around, the younger players will not have as much opportunity as they got or were going to get. Now, we will evaluate all these players in this camp and start deciding for future camps as well. With all that said, these (legendary) 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.
“We don’t want to rush anything, obviously we have to be patient,” Andonovsky said. “He is still a young player, but we want to expose him to an environment where he can get his feet a little wet and get used to the environment, to my coaching and the players around him. Hopefully she can continue to move forward and show that what she was doing or was capable of doing in the league, she can do at the international level.”
Girma, the top player selected in the NWSL Draft by Stanford’s expansion out of San Diego, was the 2021 Pac-12 Defender of the Year.
Howell won his second straight Herman Trophy as the nation’s top college player after his season at Florida State.
The United States will host the annual SheBelieves Cup next month before the new CONCACAF W Championship this summer, which will serve as qualifying for the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Olympics in Australia and New Zealand.
Others left on the camp roster were Captain Becky Sauerbrunn, who is recovering from the procedure to freeze her embryo, and Julie Ertz, who is recovering from a knee injury.
Additionally, Crystal Dunn is currently expecting her first child and will be with Katrina Macario Lyon as the team prepares for the French Cup match against Paris Saint-Germain later this month.
Status wise roster with club team affiliation:
Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Nahar (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Imani Dorsey (NJ/NY Gotham), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Rule), Kelly O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit).
Midfielders: Lindsay Horan (Portland Thorns), Jailyne Howell (Racing Louisville), Rose LaValle (OL Reagan), Christy Mavis (NJ/NY Gotham), Samantha Mavis (Kansas City Current), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andy Sullivan ( Washington Spirit).
Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Margaret Purse (NJ/NY Gotham), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (Kansas City Current).
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