Florida State midfielder Jaelin Howell has been called up for the USA's friendly at the Netherlands on Nov. 27, replacing fellow Coloradoan Lindsey Horan, who tested positive for COVID-19 during U.S. Soccer’s pre-trip testing.
Howell, 20, helped the Seminoles win the 2020 ACC championship on Sunday with a 3-2 win over North Carolina. She was named the ACC’s Midfielder of the Year and was named to the All-ACC First Team for the second straight season, finishing the season with four goals, two in the ACC Tournament.
Howell was one of four collegians called in for a national team camp held in October. The only other collegian headed to the Netherlands is Stanford's Catarina Macario though she is ineligible for the game, pending approval from FIFA after receiving her U.S. citizenship.
Three players will be seeking their first cap: Aubrey Bledsoe, Sophia Smith and Howell. Smith and Howell, friends since grade school, played together for Real Colorado and Fossil Ridge High School.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 63)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris SG, FRA; 1/0), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 61/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 26/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns; 104/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals; 131/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns; 177/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 45/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 102/20), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; 0/0), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 45/12), Catarina Macario (Stanford; 0/0), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 15/1), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 67/18)
FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Tobin Heath (Manchester United, ENG; 168/33), Alex Morgan (Tottenham, ENG; 169/107), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 138/58), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns; 0/0), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 28/9)
Photo: FSU Sports Information.