The first USWNT roster of 2022 has been announced and head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named 23 players for the January training camp and the 2022 SheBelieves Cup. The training camp will be held in Austin, Texas.
The same roster will be participating in the SheBelieves Cup which will be hosted in Carson, California and Frisco, Texas. Their opponents this year will be Iceland, the Czech Republic and New Zealand.
Andonovski noted that during the January camp, there will be more “intense trainings and full-field scrimmages” as there are no major/competitive matches that the team needs to prepare for. He also noted that there will be players coming off from a long break so the coaching staff will “keep that mind” as they look towards their 2022 calendar.
Trinity Rodman, who had opted out of the Australia friendlies, has been called up for this roster. Rodman was named the 2021 NWSL Rookie of the Year due to her performances with the NWSL Championship winning Washington Spirit. It comes as no surprise that once available, Rodman would be brought into the senior team set up as soon as possible.
Naomi Girma, the number one pick at the 2021 NWSL Draft for San Diego Wave FC, also comes into the senior team set up this January. This will be her second call-up after being called into camp in 2020 and she will be looking to try and cement her place right before her professional career begins in the NWSL in a few months.
Jaelin Howell also comes back to the USWNT senior team this year. She had previously been called up for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup where she earned her second cap. Since then, Howell went on to win the MAC Hermann Trophy for the second time as she helped Florida State University win the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship again last year.
Veterans like Alyssa Naeher, Samantha Mewis, Kelley O’Hara and Mal Pugh have also returned to the USWNT roster. Naeher and Mewis had been left out of previous camps due to injury and both O’Hara and Pugh were unavailable for the Australia friendlies last fall.
Note: During the USWNT camp, the staff and players will be operating under comprehensive COVID protocols and guidelines mandated by U.S. Soccer.
Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (NC Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Imani Dorsey (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit).
Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Jaelin Howell (Racing Louisville), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Samantha Mewis (KC Current), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit).
Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mal Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (KC Current).