Thu 03 February 2022 | 20:14

Andonovski urges USWNT to step up after SheBelieves omission

U.S. women's national team boss sends a message to veterans like Morgan and Rapinoe.

U.S. women's national team boss Vlatko Andonovski announced the 23-player roster 2022 SheBelieves Cup, and veterans like

Alex Morgan


Megan Rapinoe


Christen Press


Tobin Heath

were left out of the squad.

Reflecting on his decision not to include the USWNT veterans in the squad for the SheBelieves tournament, Andonovski said:

"All these players are very good players. We all know that. They've done so much for this team, and they've won everything possible.

"But right now in these camps, I felt like I want to give a chance to players like Sophie Smith and Mal Pugh and Catarina Macario, Ashley Hatch.

"In any of these camps, like SheBelieves for example, we call in any of the senior players then we're not going to be able to see the younger ones, or dial in as deep as we want with the younger ones.

“It doesn't mean that all these players that have done well in the past, they're just going to come back here in the next camp because they've done well a year ago, or two years ago.

"There's a reason why Mia Hamm is not in camp still. We're not calling Mia Hamm or Julie Foudy in camp right? So the same goes here. They need to perform. They need to play in their markets. They need to play well in their markets, and show that they can still contribute and be valuable for the national team.”

source: SportMob

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