As he begins efforts to expand the United States women’s national team player pool, new head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named 24 players for an identification camp, 17 of whom are uncapped.
The camp, taking place from Dec. 9-14 in Bradenton, Fla., is comprised entirely of players who are not regulars to the national team as mainstays enjoy contractually obligated time off. There will not be a match during this camp, meaning Andonovski and his staff will have only training sessions to evaluate these players.
Andonovski has invited mostly players from the National Women’s Soccer League, rewarding several for a successful 2019 season. The 2019 Rookie of the Year, Bethany Balcer of Reign FC, made the cut, as did another nominee for that award, the Washington Spirit’s Jordan DiBiasi. Three members of the Chicago Red Stars team that reached the NWSL Championship match — Sarah Gorden, Danielle Colaprico, and Vanessa DiBernardo — also made the roster.
A number of college players will also participate in the camp. The University of North Carolina’s Emily Fox, Stanford’s Sophia Smith, and UCLA’s Ashley Sanchez made the roster after previous call-ups under Andonovski’s predecessor Jill Ellis. Additionally, one player from outside of the U.S. made the cut, with Rosengård’s Hailie Mace rejoining the team after making the World Cup qualifying roster in October of 2018.
The training camp is a final opportunity for many to impress Andonovski ahead of the Olympic qualifying tournament that begins in January.
Here is the full roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Casey Murphy (Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Maycee Bell (UNC), Malia Berkely (Florida State), Imani Dorsey (Sky Blue FC), Emily Fox (UNC), Naomi Girma (Stanford), Sarah Gorden (Chicago Red Stars), Hailie Mace (Rosengård FC, SWE), Kiara Pickett (Stanford), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars), Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Brianna Pinto (UNC), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA)
FORWARDS (6): Bethany Balcer (Reign FC), Madison Haley (Stanford), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Paige Monaghan (Sky Blue FC), Sophia Smith (Stanford), Ally Watt (Texas A&M)