USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has announced his roster for the April International Window. The United States will face Sweden on April 10 in Stockholm, then travel to Paris for a game against France on April 13. Aubrey Bledsoe was left out.
O’Hara and Sonnett have been matches for Andonovski, and the two appear to have a strong case for a place on the final 18-man Olympic roster later this year. O’Hara remains the starting right-back, as she has for years, while Sonnett’s versatility makes her a possible starter in every defensive position.
Spirit head coach Richie Burke had listed this camp as ‘a target’ for Sullivan, while Bledsoe was also on a long list of goalkeepers vying to be Alyssa Naeher’s replacement in the future. . However, without the ongoing league games to make its case, the job is quite difficult for both, increasing the importance of starting the season well before a final pre-Olympic international window in June.
The players will be leaving in the next few days for a camp based in Europe, and as a result will miss the start of the NWSL Challenge Cup. For the Spirit, that definitely means their April 10 opener at North Carolina Courage, and that almost certainly includes their April 16 home game against Sky Blue FC. It is theoretically possible for O’Hara and Sonnett to erase the required three-day quarantine and test negative in time for the second game, but in practice that would involve a transatlantic flight after two games in three days.
The full team is as follows:
Goalkeepers (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash, Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage)
Defenders (8): Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Midge Purce (Sky Blue FC), Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain), Tierna Davidson ( Étoiles rouges de Chicago), Emily Sonnett (Esprit de Washington)
Midfielders (6): Samantha Mewis (Manchester City), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash)
Forwards (6): Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign)