Opponent Watch: England’s Roster for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup

Update (01-Mar-2020):  Lucy Bronze is out due to a calf injury and has been replaced by  Alessia Russo.  (TheFA.com)

First to announce their official roster for this year’s SheBelieves Cup is the United States Women’s National Team’s first opponent:  England.

The rematch of 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinal opponents will be played on Thursday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m Eastern (TV: ESPN2) .  (Full SheBelieves Cup TV/streaming schedule)

Phil Neville’s list has eight players born in 1997 or later, including two uncapped players who recently played collegiately in the United States:  Center back Grace Fisk of South Carolina (profile) and goalkeeper Sandy MacIver of Clemson (profile).  Both graduated after the fall 2019 season and are now playing professionally in the FA WSL. Continue reading “Opponent Watch: England’s Roster for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup”

USWNT: Roster for Sweden and Costa Rica Friendlies (November 2019)

Last week,  Vlatko Andonovski announced his first call-ups (USSoccer.com) as the brand new head coach of the United States Women’s National Team. Of the 24 players, three were called into their first USWNT camp: goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, the NWSL’s 2018 Rookie of the Year, Imani Dorsey and dual national defender Alana Cook.  A third uncapped player, Margaret “Midge” Purce, had been called into at least two previous USWNT camps, in 2018 and 2017. Other players called in who were not on the USA’s 2019 Women’s World Cup roster include outside back Casey Short, midfielder Andi Sullivan, and forward Lynn Williams.

Six players from the WWC roster are not available due to medical reasons: Tierna Davidson, Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger,  Kelley O’Hara, and Megan Rapinoe, all for injuries, plus Alex Morgan, who recently announced via People magazine that she is pregnant, with an expected delivery date of April 2020. Continue reading “USWNT: Roster for Sweden and Costa Rica Friendlies (November 2019)”