OL Reign forward Megan Rapinoe has been called into the upcoming U.S. Women’s National Team camp, her first since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The camp, which runs from Jan. 9-22, will take place in Orlando. It will conclude with two games against Colombia at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, on Jan. 18 (4 PM PT on FS1) and Jan. 22 (4 PM PT on ESPN2). These will be the first matches on home soil for the USWNT since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup in early March, coincidentally the last time Rapinoe was involved with the team.
USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called in 27 players to the camp, from which he will select an 18-player game-day roster for each match. Similar to the USWNT’s October camp and overseas trip to face the Netherlands in November, the camp and matches will operate in a tightly controlled bubble with ongoing testing for Covid-19.
“A big credit goes to our players, team staff and overall medical staff for the tremendous work to make sure we have secure and healthy environments for our camps and games,” said Andonovski in a federation release. “And a special thanks also goes to our game operations staff for enabling us to host two matches against a talented opponent. It’s extremely valuable to play a team we don’t see that often and it’s important for our Olympic preparation.”
USWNT January 2021 Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (10): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Fox (UNC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Jaelin Howell (Florida State), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Stanford), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (5): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)