USWNT: Meet the 10 uncapped players headed to Colorado

Vlatko Andonovski has named a 27-player roster for the U.S. women’s national team's 11-day training camp, the first camp by any U.S. national team since March when sports were shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 25), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 63)
DEFENDERS (10): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 61/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 26/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 104/24), Naomi Girma (photo) (Stanford; 0/0), Sarah Gorden (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0) Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 107/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals; 131/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns; 177/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 32/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shea Groom (Houston Dash; 0/0), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 86/19), Morgan Gautrat (Chicago Red Stars; 87/8), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; 0/0), Catarina Macario (Stanford; 0/0), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 15/1), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 0/0)
FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (OL Reign; 0/0), Mia Fishel (UCLA; 0/0), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns; 0/0), Kealia Watt (Chicago Red Stars; 3/1), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 28/9)

Five starters on the 2019 U.S. Women's World Cup championship team will be in camp: goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars); defenders Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns).

Four starters are playing in England: midfielders Sam Mewis (Manchester City), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City) and forwards Alex Morgan (Tottenham) and Tobin Heath (Manchester United).

The other two are sitting out: Megan Rapinoe (injury concerns) and Julie Ertz (family commitment)

Ten players are uncapped:

GK Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit, 28) 2019 NWSL Goalkeeper of the year and 2019-20 co-W-League Goalkeeper of the Year in Australia.
DF *Naomi Girma (Stanford, 20) One of three 2020 Concacaf U-20 champs called up along with Mia Fishel and Sophia Smith.
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DF
Sarah Gorden (Chicago Red Stars, 28)
. At 28, second oldest uncapped player in camp after Audrey Bledsoe.
MF Shea Groom (Houston Dash, 27). Played in every game for Dash en route to 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup title.
MF Jaelin Howell (Florida State, 20). From same Real Colorado program that produced Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith.
MF Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit, 21). Won Future Legend award at 2020 Challenge Cup.
MF Bethany Balcer (OL Reign, 23) 2019 NWSL Rookie of the year out of NAIA's Spring Arbor.
FW *Mia Fishel (UCLA, 19). Won Golden Ball at 2020 Concacaf U-20 Championships with 13 goals (U.S. record for qualifying tournament)
FW *Catarina Macario (Stanford, 21). Two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner pursuing FIFA clearance after receiving U.S. citizenship.
FW Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns, 20). Passed up senior at Stanford to turn pro.
*First U.S. senior national team camp (Girma was called up for 2019 ID camp with withdrew due to an injury.)

1 comment about "USWNT: Meet the 10 uncapped players headed to Colorado".
  1. E Velazquez, October 9, 2020 at 9:59 a.m.

    Ms Sauerbrunn and Ms Short should voluntarily withdraw from the National team because of the need to train younger defenders for the future. They both have poor soccer skills and do not have ball control or dribbling abilities. We feel that  Ms Mallory Pugh  was appropiately not called because of her lack of progress in the last four years. She was better than now ,when she debuted for the National Team at age 17 . She seems to be  very inteligent to play soccer but she needs to remember The National Team it  is and should be very competitive. If she wants she can be better than Rose Lavelle because she did show leadership before.   Finally can Mr Andonovski tell us why he did not call Trinity Rodman  ?. The best under 20 for thousands of soccer fans

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