Feb
02
2021

Andonovski Announces Final SheBelieves Cup Roster

The U.S. Women’s National Team has announced the 23 player roster for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup. The team will compete against Argentina, Brazil, and Canada in the tournament.  

The SheBelieves Cup will kick off on Feb. 18-24 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida. There are a few changes from the January camp and here’s what you need to know:

Goalkeeper Rotation

It’s not set in stone who is considered the second goalkeeper. Alyssa Naeher will most likely be the starter, but after that, it’s a toss-up. For years, Ashlyn Harris has been the number two, but that could be changing with some younger players emerging. 

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Aubrey Bledsoe and Ashlyn Harris were on the roster for January camp, but not for the SheBelieves tournament. For this camp though, it’ll be Jane Campbell and Casey Murphy joining Alyssa Naeher.

Murphy received her first senior call up in 2018 but has yet to earn her first cap. She was also part of the December ID Camp under head coach Vlatko Andonovski in 2019. 

Injuries

Perhaps the most notable absence is Tobin Heath. She suffered an ankle injury while with Manchester United and will be out for 10-12 weeks. It’s a huge blow for the U.S. and Heath who has been playing well in England. It looks like the earliest Heath would make her return is in April.  

Andi Sullivan also picked up an injury in training, she was a part of the January camp but has been dealing with a quad injury.

Mallory Pugh has also been dealing with some injuries, so she wasn’t named to the SheBelieves tournament roster, but she will be in camp for training. 

Key Returns

Alex Morgan and Christen Press are returning to the team after missing January camp. Morgan missed due to COVID-19 protocols after she tested positive over the holidays. Press chose to stay in England with Manchester United instead of participating in the last camp to recover from an illness (not COVID related). Morgan and Press are key pieces in the attack and forward lineup, so I’d expect to see them both get some time during the tournament. 

Press has been in tremendous form for the national team, she was tied for the team leading most goals scored in 2020. She featured in all nine games of 2020, registering seven goals and three assists. 

Full Roster

Goalkeepers: Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders: Alanna 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 (Washington Spirit)

Midfielders: Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnaise), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City)

Forwards: 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)

*There will be three training players as well: Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Jaelin Howell (Florida State University), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars)