Kristie Mewis will get another chance to display her skills to a USWNT coac. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
TRYING TO EXPAND THE PLAYER POOL: USWNT call in 24 for December ID camp
CHICAGO – U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named a 24-player roster for an identification camp that will take place in Bradenton, Fla. Dec. 9-14, it was announced Wednesday.
Andonovski’s second training camp roster – he officially came on board on Oct. 28 – will not include any players from the the U.S 2019 World Cup team.
This event is being staged to evaluate younger players from the college game and those who have performed well in the National Women’s Soccer League or in pro leagues abroad, with the goal of deepening the player pool and positioning players for possible future call-ups to events in 2020.
Thirteen NWSL players have been called into camp.
“One of our main goals heading into 2020 is to expand the player pool, but with Olympic qualifying coming up soon, we don’t have much time to do that, so this camp is a great opportunity for the players and the coaches,” Andonovski said. “For the players, it’s a chance to try to earn invitations to future camps so we can evaluate them against the veteran players, and for the coaches, it’s a very valuable few days to try to add depth to positions where we may need it.”
The roster features 17 uncapped players, six with three caps or less and Houston Dash midfielder Kristie Mewis, older sister of World Cup champion midfielder Samantha Mewis. Kristie Mewis earned 15 caps over 2013 and 2014.
“It’s important to reward players who have done well for their college teams and for their professional teams in the NWSL or overseas, 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,” Andonovski said. “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.”
The U.S. roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3/0), Casey Murphy (Reign FC; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Maycee Bell (UNC; 0/0), Malia Berkely (Florida State; 0/0), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC; 0/0), Emily Fox (UNC; 3/0), Naomi Girma (Stanford; 0/0), Sarah Gorden (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Hailie Mace (Rosengård FC, SWE; 3/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; 0/0), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC; 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 (UNC; 0/0), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; 0/0)
FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (Reign FC; 0/0), Madison Haley (Stanford; 0/0), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Paige Monaghan (Sky Blue FC; 0;0), Sophia Smith (Stanford; 0/0), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; 0/0)