U.S. ID camp is 'reward' for young players on Andonovski's radar

U.S. women's national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski called in 24 players not from the 2019 World Cup championship team to a short camp that will take place Dec. 9-14 in Bradenton, Florida.

The group includes just seven players who have been capped. It consists of 13 NWSL players, 10 collegians and one Swedish-based player.

Four players from NCAA Division I quarterfinalist Stanford (Naomi Girma, Kiara Pickett, Madison Haley and Sophia Smith) and three from North Carolina (Maycee Bell, Emily Fox, photo, and Brianna Pinto) were called up.

Three players each from the Chicago Red Stars (Sarah Gorden, Danielle Colaprico and Vanessa DiBernardo) and Sky Blue FC (Imani Dorsey, Sarah Killion and Paige Monaghan) were also picked. With 15 caps, the Houston Dash's Kristie Mewis, Sam Mewis' older sister, will be the most experienced player in Bradenton.

Hailie Mace's season at Rosengard in Sweden is over, allowing her to join the group. Other foreign-based players currently in season weren't included because they would not have sufficient recovery time between travel and the start of camp.

"It's important to reward players who have done well for their college teams and for their professional teams in the NWSL or overseas," said Andonovski, "and it's also important for talented young players to get a taste of the national team environment as breaking into the full team can often be a marathon and not a sprint. Many of these players have done very well for our youth national teams and in college, but the international game at the senior level is a huge jump for them and we need to find out which of these players can make that transition."

U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3/0), Casey Murphy (Reign FC; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Maycee Bell (University of North Carolina; 0/0), Malia Berkely (Florida State Univ.; 0/0), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; 0/0), Emily Fox (University of North Carolina; 3/0), Naomi Girma (Stanford Univ.; 0/0), Sarah Gorden (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Hailie Mace (Rosengard FC, SWE; 3/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford Univ.; 0/0), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns; 1/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit; 0/0), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC; 0/0), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 15/1), Brianna Pinto (University of North Carolina; 0/0), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; 0/0)
FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (Reign FC; 0/0), Madison Haley (Stanford Univ.; 0/0), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Paige Monaghan (Sky Blue FC; 0;0), Sophia Smith (Stanford Univ.; 0/0), Ally Watt (Texas A&M Univ.; 0/0)

2 comments about "U.S. ID camp is 'reward' for young players on Andonovski's radar".
  1. Nick Gabris, November 29, 2019 at 12:08 p.m.

    Glad to see VA giving these players the opportunity. This is what the MNT needs to do on a regular basis.

  2. R2 Dad, December 1, 2019 at 6:18 p.m.

    Seems to me Macario has done everything possible to get an evite to this camp. For someone who can finish the way she does, it would seem an injustice not to include her. 

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