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USWNT: Vlatko Andonovski mixes World Cup winners, newcomers in first camp

Dual national Alana Cook headlines the newcomers on the roster.

Vlatko Andonovski poses for photographers during a news conference Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in New York. U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro named Andonovski as head coach in U.S. Women's National Team on Monday. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

Less than a week after officially becoming the newest head coach of the United States women’s national team, Vlatko Andonovski has named his roster for his first camp.

A majority of the World Cup winning team made the 24-player squad, with Andonovski adding seven players who did not make the trip to France. Headlining that group is Paris Saint-Germain’s Alana Cook, the only player playing outside of the National Women’s Soccer League. Cook is also eligible to represent England through her British father, and accepted a call-up to Phil Neville’s side in September.

“First, I want to make sure that everyone on the World Cup team has an opportunity to work with me and give me an opportunity to see them and see what stage of their game they’re at right now,” Andonovski said in a statement issued by U.S. Soccer. “But at the same time, I think it’s crucial that we give a chance to players that have done well for their pro teams and deserve to have a good look and a solid evaluation in the National Team environment.”

Additional newcomers making the cut are Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, Sky Blue FC defender Imani Dorsey, and forwards Margaret Purce of Portland Thorns FC and Lynn Williams of the North Carolina Courage. The Chicago Red Stars’ Casey Short and the Spirit’s Andi Sullivan are also included after participation in the victory tour.

World Cup winners Tierna Davidson, Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Kelley O’Hara, and Megan Rapinoe miss out on playing with injuries. Alex Morgan will miss this camp and the next several after announcing her pregnancy earlier this month. While those players won’t participate in camp, they will report there to meet with Andonovski.

In a pair of friendlies, the U.S. will face Sweden on Nov. 7 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus before taking on Costa Rica Nov. 10 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

Here is the full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)

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