Three days after being confirmed as the new U.S. women's national
team coach, Vlatko Andonovski announced his first roster, a 24-player squad for a training camp for the USA's final two matches of the year: Sweden on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, and Costa Rica
three days later in Jacksonville, Florida.
The bulk of the squad consists of 2019 Women's World Cup holdovers -- 17 in all -- but the seven other players include three first-time call-ups:
-- Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, named to the NWSL Best XI with Washington;
-- Defender Alana Cook, who plays for Paris St. Germain and has been courted by England; and
-- Defender Imani Dorsey, the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year in 2018 with Sky Blue FC.
Portland Timbers forward Midge Purce was with the USA in 2018 but is uncapped.
Casey Short, Andi Sullivan and Lynn Williams, who all have 10 or more caps, are the three other call-ups who didn't go to France this summer.
Five players from the 2019 World Cup team will attend the beginning of the camp but won't play due to injuries: defenders Kelley O'Hara, Ali Krieger, Crystal Dunn and Tierna Davidson and forward Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan recently announced that she was pregnant with her first child.
Andonovski said the focus is to get to know everyone and begin to switch the focus to next year when there will be Olympic qualifying and the Tokyo Olympics.
"This first camp is short with two good games at the end, so after just being hired officially a few days ago, I personally don't have a lot of time to prepare for the camp or implement any major changes," he said. "Mostly, this is a great opportunity for me to get to know the players, get to know the system, and start building relationships."
Andonovski plans to have an ID camp for other players in December.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit; 0/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns; 3/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 23/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 56/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (Paris SG/FRA; 0/0), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 52/0), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; 0/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals; 169/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 30/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns; 38/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 86/7), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 93/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 77/12), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 36/10), Allie Long (Reign FC; 50/8), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 59/14), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 13/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 160/32), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 286/118), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 13/2), Christen Press (Utah Royals; 128/49), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 60/18), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns; 0/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 19/4)
Photo: Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire.