US women’s national team players have been in multiple camps, including the usual January camp, giving head coach Vlatko Andonovski ample opportunity to evaluate the roster he wants to take to Olympic qualifying. Here are the 20 players responsible for securing a berth in Japan this summer.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 3), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 24), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 57)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 53/0), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 96/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 104/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 125/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 171/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 40/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 95/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 78/12), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 38/10), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 60/14), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 15/0)
FORWARDS (6): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 162/32), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 288/121), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 14/2), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 130/51), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 160/50), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 21/6)
Not joining them from last year’s World Cup roster are: Tierna Davidson, Morgan Brian, Allie Long, Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh.
Davidson is still recovering from her ankle injury before the NWSL championship and Alex Morgan is currently expecting her first child. Long was a long shot as a depth midfielder, and Pugh’s form hasn’t been greatly consistent of late. And when looking at the midfield that’s currently going, there’s not much argument that Morgan Brian should definitely replace one of them.
Concacaf qualifying begins January 28 in Houston for the United States and, should they advance, will conclude February 9 in Los Angeles.