The U.S. women’s national team’s quest to repeat as SheBelieves Cup winners is right around the corner and Vlatko Andonovski announced his 23-woman squad for the upcoming tournament.
Megan Rapinose, Lindsey Horan, and Trinity Rodman headlined Andonovski’s 23-player roster for the annual tournament in the United States. The USWNT is fresh off a pair of friendly road victories against New Zealand in January and will now continue its preparations for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The USWNT faces Canada on Feb. 16 in Orlando, Florida before taking on Japan in Nashville, Tennessee on Feb. 19. Brazil will oppose the Americans on Feb. 22 in Frisco, Texas in the final match of the competition.
“All three of these matches are great opportunities for the players and coaches as we enter the final stretch to choose the World Cup roster,” said Andonovski. “To get to play three top teams, all who are in the World Cup, over seven days, will test our team mentally and physically, and that’s exactly what we need at this point in our preparations. We still have a few players in the pool recovering from injuries, but we are confident that they will be ready for selection for our April matches.”
Rapinoe will hit 200 international caps for the USWNT if she features in all three matches this month. Morgan will be honored before the opening match in Orlando for earning her historic 200th cap last year against Germany.
Defender Tierna Davidson will be part of the USWNT’s training camp as she completes her rehabilitation following an ACL injury in March 2022.
Here is the full 23-woman roster for the USWNT:
Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch, Casey Murphy, Alyssa Naeher.
Defenders: Alana Cook, Crystal Dunn, Emily Fox, Naomi Girma, Sofia Huerta, Becky Sauerbrunn, Emily Sonnett.
Midfielders: Lindsey Horan, Taylor Kornieck, Rose Lavelle, Kristie Mewis, Ashley Sanchez, Andi Sullivan.
Forwards: Ashley Hatch, Alex Morgan, Midge Purce, Trinity Rodman, Megan Rapinoe, Mallory Swanson, Lynn Williams.
At this point, it looks like key players Ertz and Sam Métis are not in contention for a WWC roster spot. It will hard to fill those gaps in the lineup.
Since they stand for equity, they should donate part of their winnings from the men’s world cup to the Brazilian women’s team, which doesn’t benefit from a similar sharing agreement.
Maybe the Brazilian men should donate to their own women’s team. A majority of the USWNT’s income comes from international appearances
Maybe so. But the point is that now the USWMT are decidedly “haves” now, and no longer “have nots”.
It would be interesting to see how they respond, now that the principle of “equity” should take money out of their pockets, rather than putting it in.
They are probably by far the best played female soccer players in the world, and already benefitted from better youth development programs.
My guess is that they’d prefer we just focus on soccer now, and continue to praise them for “inspiring” women around the world by slaughtering them on a shamefully unlevel playing field. This is the Rapinoe definition of fairness.