“I give our greatest number of players the credit for always making the selections difficult, but this group which goes to Europe has shown a consistent quality in its performances as well as in its ability to contribute to the chemistry. overall team, ”said Andonovski. “We still have a lot of evaluations to do from training, international games, NWSL games and foreign club games before selecting the Olympic team, but I’m really looking forward to these two games for adversity. that they will bring. What’s exciting is that I know that our players have the talent and the mentality to face these adversities with great energy and overcome them. ”
The list includes several NWSL regulars and echoes much of the 2021 SheBelieves Cup camp, with Sam Mewis and Alana Cook returning to USWNT training. USWNT forward Tobin Heath is currently recovering from an injury with Manchester United. Jaelin Howell, Mal Pugh and Casey Krueger are other notable absences from previous SheBelieves camps. Andonovski explained that Pugh and Kruger, as well as Heath, are vying for Olympic roster evaluation but have been unable to attend current camps due to minor injuries sustained in the preseason.
“There are players who are not on this list because they are injured like Tobin Heath is injured, Casey [Krueger] received a little blow in his friendly with Chicago and [was] sidelined for a week. She’s back in training, but physically she won’t be in good shape for this camp or for international level games, so she’s not in this camp. The same goes for Mallory Pugh, who was injured at the last camp and is still recovering from it. ”
The familiar roster includes several NWSL clubs represented with 17 players and six currently playing in Europe. The next friendly matches against Sweden and France will take place in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup, followed by a window of several months before the Tournament of Nations. NWSL’s 2021 season kicks off on May 15, with limited international time before the Olympics, Andonovski and his team plan to continue evaluating players with their club teams ahead of the Olympics, a practice Andonovski says is already in place. during the pre-season NWSL.
“Some of these players, or some of these teams have had friendlies. So we watched all the friendlies, I would say, the majority of the team’s friendlies in the preseason. Whether it’s 45 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes they are in the field, everything is evaluated. We’re going to watch the Challenge Cup. Some will be live, some will be on TV, and we are absolutely watching what games they are going to play once the season starts. So, we know that the window is short and that is why we are going to maximize the opportunities that we have and we will take everything into consideration. ”
USWNT roster (club; caps / goals):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 5), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 67)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 65/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 28/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 109/24 ), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 134/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 6/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 182/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 51/0)
MIDFIELDS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 108/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 91/20), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ANG; 51/14), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA; 3/1), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 21/4), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ANG; 70/21)
BEFORE (6): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 299/124), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 173/108), Christen Press (Manchester United, ANG; 142/60), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 173/57), Sophia Smith ( Portland Thorns FC; 3/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 33/10)