The United States Women’s National Team will hold an annual training camp in January in Austin, Texas
CHICAGO (January 12, 2022) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 25-player roster for the annual U.S. January training camp taking place this year in Austin, Texas from January 19-28.
This BioSteel training camp marks the first action of 2022 for the USWNT, but it will not include any international matches. The United States’ first matches of the year will be at the 2022 SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa, against the Czech Republic (February 17) and New Zealand (February 20) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Utah. California, and Iceland. (February 23) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
US WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – JANUARY TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY POSITION:
KEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (9): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave FC), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Imani Dorsey (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC) , Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Jaelin Howell (Racing Louisville FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Samantha Mewis (Kansas City Current), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Spirit of Washington)
FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (Kansas City Current)
“Without any games that we have to cut back on, we can get into more intense training and full-court scrums, which is great because we need to give this group as many chances as possible to play together in a supportive environment. national team,” says Andonovski. “We understand that some of the players are coming off a hiatus, so we’ll keep that in mind as we head into 2022 for what will be a very important year for these players and our squad.”
As they have done throughout the pandemic, American players and staff will operate in a highly controlled environment at the team hotel. The staging of the camp will be the responsibility of the whole American Football Return to Play Protocols and Guidelines. Everyone entering the environment will be tested for COVID-19 before travelling, upon arrival and periodically thereafter. The team will not begin full team training until the results of all arrival tests are confirmed.
- Seventeen players from that training camp were with the United States in Australia last November for the final two games of 2021.
- Washington Spirit forward Trinity Rodman, the 2021 NWSL Rookie of the Year and 2021 U.S. Soccer Young Player of the Year, is the only player on the roster to earn her first senior WNT call-up with this camp. . The 19-year-old Rodman, who is still the required age for the 2022 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, has nine career U-20 international goals from just seven caps, and would likely have played in the FIFA U-20 World Cup. FIFA Under 20 World Cup 2020. Hadn’t the Women’s World Cup been canceled due to the global pandemic.
- Defender Naomi Girma, the first pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft at San Diego Wave FC, earns her second full WNT call-up after attending the October 2020 training camp in Denver. Girma was the 2020 Young American Football Player of the Year and was also the 2021 Pac-12 Defenseman of the Year for Stanford.
- Girma is one of seven NWSL No. 1 draft picks called to this camp, joining Emily Fox (2021), Sophia Smith (2020), Tierna Davidson (2019), Andi Sullivan (2018), Rose Lavelle (2017 ) and Emily Sonnett (2016).
- Washington Spirit goaltender Aubrey Kingsbury (formerly Bledsoe) will now play under her married name. She got married in early December last year.
- Kingsbury, who impressively backed the Washington Spirit to the 2021 NWSL title and earned MVP honors in the championship game, earns his first call-up since January training camp in 2021.
- Kingsbury, Rodman and Girma are the only uncapped players on the training camp roster.
- The camp marks the return of several World Cup and Olympic Games veterans who did not make the trip to Australia last November, including goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, defender Kelley O’Hara, midfielder Samantha Mewis and forward Mallory Pugh. Naeher has been out since injuring her knee in the Olympic semi-finals.
- Samantha’s return to the roster as a newly minted member of the Kansas City Stream reunites her with her sister, Kristie, who recently moved from the Houston Dash to San Diego (briefly) in the NWSL Expansion Draft. , then to NJ/NY Gotham. CF. The Mewis sisters are one of only two pairs of sisters to have represented the USWNT and are the most capped sisters in team history.
- There are three players on this list who are twins as Naeher, Emily Sonnett and Kingsbury all have twin sisters, all of whom played college football.
- Midfielder Jaelin Howell, a two-time Florida State MAC Hermann Trophy winner, earns her first call-up since the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, where she earned her second cap.
- On January 7 of this year, Howell won the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy, becoming one of six players in college football history to win the award back-to-back, joining Mia Hamm (1992-93), the current president of the American football Cindy Parlow. (1997-1998), Christine Sinclair (2004-2005), Morgan Brian (2013-2014) and Catarina Macario (2018-2019).
- Howell is also the 2021 ACC Midfielder of the Year.
- While Rodman is the youngest player on the list, Howell (22), Girma (21) and Smith (21) are the next youngest. Howell and Smith earned their first senior team caps on November 27, 2021 against the Netherlands, becoming the first players born after the historic 1999 Women’s World Cup to be selected by the United States. Smith became the first player born in the 2000s to win a cap.
- Ten members of the 2020 Olympic team are on this training camp roster.
- Nine of the 25 players in this training camp are under 25.
- Thirteen players from this training camp have 12 or fewer caps with the senior national team.
- Nine of the 12 NWSL clubs are represented in this training camp, led by seven players from the 2021 champion Washington Spirit, or 28% of the squad.
- Although there are no official games associated with this camp, the USWNT has a special connection with Austin as the United States played the first-ever match at the spectacular Q2 Stadium, home of Austin FC in the Major. League Soccer. US Women christened the new stadium on June 16, 2021, in a 2-0 victory over Nigeria in front of a sold-out crowd. American striker Christen Press scored the first-ever goal at the venue. The game marked the first international American football game in Austin and the first-ever trip to Austin for the USWNT. This camp will be the second.