CHICAGO (Feb. 1, 2021) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named the 23-player tournament roster for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, Presented by Visa, which features the USA, Brazil, Canada and Argentina. The six matches will be played over three doubleheader events, taking place on Feb. 18, 21 and 24 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
Morgan is just recovering from a bout with COVID-19. She had moved with her family while playing for overseas where she signed with London’s Tottenham Hotspur F.C. this past summer. Apparently contracted the disease while visiting family in California.
“Unfortunately, my family and I closed out 2020 learning that we had contracted Covid while in California over the holidays. We are all in good spirits and recovering well.” she tweeted. “Shouldn’t have gotten together for Christmas”
It was announced today that she will join the USWNT roster for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.
The U.S. roster features 17 players currently playing in the National Women’s Soccer League and six currently playing in Europe. Andonovski has also called up three non-rostered players who will train for the first week of camp before departing. Of the France-based players, Catarina Macario will arrive in Orlando with the bulk of the roster on Feb. 8 at the start of training camp while Alana Cook is anticipated to arrive shortly thereafter. The England-based players are scheduled to arrive on Feb. 13.
“We will hit the ground running in Orlando with most of our roster and will get in some great work in the first part of camp before we start focusing on the games once all the European-based players arrive,” said Andonovski. “I think we made a lot of progress on and off the field during the January camp and games, so we’ll be looking to build on that for these three matches and we want to continue to test different players in tough environments. Each game will present its own unique challenges and the matches are not only a step up in competition from January, but as I’ve said before, are extremely valuable as a test run for group play at the Olympics.”
U.S. Women’s National Team 2021 SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals):
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)
Training Players: Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 4/0), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; 1/0), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 63/18)
Date Matches Stadium City Kickoff (ET) TVFeb. 18 Brazil vs. Argentina Exploria Stadium Orlando, Fla. 4 p.m. TBD Feb. 18 USA vs. Canada Exploria Stadium Orlando, Fla. 7 p.m. FS1/TUDNFeb. 21 USA vs. Brazil Exploria Stadium Orlando, Fla. 3 p.m. FS1/TUDN Feb. 21 Argentina vs. Canada Exploria Stadium Orlando, Fla. 6 p.m. TBD Feb. 24 Canada vs. Brazil Exploria Stadium Orlando, Fla. 4 p.m. TBDFeb. 24 USA vs. Argentina Exploria Stadium Orlando, Fla. 7 p.m. FS1/TUDN