Coach Vlatko called in 27 players for the first camp of 2021 – a year that might prove to be one of transition for the USWNT.
Plenty of familiar faces should take the field in this week’s friendlies against Colombia. Among them: Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Julie Ertz. All absolute legends with a collective trophy case that’d need its own zip code. What better group for the next generation of USWNT stars to learn from?
Of the 27 callups, eight have three caps or less. After them, the next two least-capped players are Kristie Mewis and Andi Sullivan, with 16 apiece.
By the way: those eight names above? A combined 1,151 caps.
Let’s meet those eight:
Aubrey Bledsoe, Goalkeeper
Club: Washington Spirit
Trivia: She’s played in four countries during her club career: the USA, Norway, Denmark and Australia (and was even named 2018-19 W-League Goalkeeper of the Year).
Jane Campbell, Goalkeeper
Club: Houston Dash
Trivia: When she’s not minding the net for the Dash, Campbell’s running her own apparel brand, Ace of Spades.
Alana Cook, Defender
Club: Paris Saint-Germain, but…
Trivia: …She played for OL Reign during last year’s Challenge Cup.
Emily Fox, Defender
Club: Racing Louisville
Trivia: Fox went #1 in last week’s NWSL Draft. She’ll start her pro career with Racing Louisville, the league’s newest club.
Midge Purce, Swiss Army Knife
Club: Sky Blue
FC Trivia: Wicked smart alum of Harvard, she was recently elected to the school’s Board of Overseers.
Jaelin Howell, Midfielder
College: Florida State University
Trivia: Her dad, John, played for the Super Bowl XXXVII-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
She's also played alongside fellow camp callup Jaelin Howell since, well:
Catarina Macario, Midfielder
Trivia: The Brazilian-born Macario has had one heck of a 2021 so far. Why? One, she signed her first pro contract with powerhouse Lyon. Two: FIFA has signed off on her paperwork and she can now represent the US of A. Needless to say, we’re pretty amped to have the two-time Hermann Trophy winner on our side.
Sophia Smith, Forward
Club: Portland Thorns
Trivia: Last year’s #1 NWSL Draft pick, Smith once got to meet one of her idols. She may look a little familiar...
Here's to Smith and her teammates paying it forward the same way one day.