Kristie Mewis will be one of the few stars in the roster for the USWNT's upcoming matches, as the top women's national team according to FIFA will not call up Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, and Tobin Heath, among other top players.
While these absences came as a surprise to fans of the squad, U. S. Soccer and coach Vlatko Andonovsky have clarified why this was the case.
What was also surprising about this call-up, but in the best way possible, is that it will be the first time we get to see Trinity Rodman in action.
The winner of the U.S. Soccer Young Women's Player of the Year award was called up for the first time and her fans couldn't be happier about this "award".
However, why the absences of the most representative figures of the World Cup-winning squad?
Why are Rapinoe, Morgan, and Heath missing from the squad?
The reason is very simple: Andonovsky's game plan is going through a healthy post-Olympic transition and the commitment they will face will be to prepare for their next qualifying matches for the World Cup 2023 and the 2024 Olympic Games 2024.
Therefore, since there are no FIFA dates, players such as those mentioned above will be able to skip the SheBelieves tournament to focus on their teams.
The USWNT roster for the SheBelieves Cup
The call for the upcoming tournament to be held in February of this year has been revealed and can be seen below.
Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave FC), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Imani Dorsey (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O'Hara (Washington Spirit), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit).
Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Jaelin Howell (Racing Louisville FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Samantha Mewis (Kansas City Current), Ashley Sánchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit).
Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (Kansas City Current).
The other absences in the USWNT, explained by Andonovsky
Julie Ertz is also not contemplated for camp in January because she is just recovering from a knee injury. But in the words of the national team coach, if she recovers early, she will be able to play in the SheBelieves Cup.
On the other hand, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, 36, was not called up because after undergoing a procedure to freeze her eggs, she had a complication.
Also noticeably absent is Crystal Dunn, who is due to have her baby in May of this year, so her lineup for the USWNT is out of the question for the coach.
But what is a priority for Andonovsky is for Dunn to have a healthy delivery and baby, before the player and the medical and high-performance departments discuss her future.
What is a fact is that her return is expected to presumably take place after the World Championships.