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Andonovski names USWNT SheBelieves roster

Key veteran strikers are back in the mix.

Netherlands Women v USA Women - International Friendly Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Vlatko Andonovski has selected the 23 players the US women’s national team will bring to the 2021 SheBelieves tournament to play Argentina, Brazil, and Canada.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 4), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 65)

DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 63/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 27/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 107/24), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 133/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 4/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 179/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 48/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 105/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 88/20), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 48/13), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnaise, FRA; 2/1), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 18/3), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 70/21)

FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 296/123), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 170/107), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 139/58), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 170/54), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 31/10)

Andonovski also named three training players: Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 4/0), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; 1/0), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 63/18)

Not returning from January camp: Aubrey Bledsoe, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger, Andi Sullivan

Sullivan is dealing with a quad strain at the moment, as mentioned by Spirit head coach Richie Burke recently.

Notable returns: Alex Morgan and Christen Press are back after recovering from illnesses.

Also of note: Tobin Heath is out with an ankle injury and is expected to be out for 10-12 weeks.

It is somewhat interesting that Fox, Howell, and Pugh have all been categorized as training players; obviously Morgan and Press returning has pushed down some younger players on the depth charts. And January camp obviously has more room than a match roster. So don’t read too too much into things here, but do keep in mind that in these times every full game counts that much more for Olympic preparation (knock on wood).

SheBelieves kicks off on February 18 as the United States plays Canada at 7 PM ET.