Trinity Rodman, the daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman is a forward for the Washington Spirit and is one of 25 players called up by USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski for the team's first training camp of the year in Austin, Texas, from Jan. 19-28. The head coach said the camp will help him determine the roster for next month's SheBelieves Cup, where the United States is the defending champion.
"Rodman was one of the most exciting players in the league this past season, and she proved that she can be impactful at the professional level in (National Women's Soccer League)," Andonovski said. "And now with that, she earned a call-up for the national team."
Rodman did not play college soccer football
Rodman had enrolled in Washington State University but decided to go pro before ever playing a college game. When she joined the Washington Spirit, she found herself at a club marred by dysfunction off the field -- but she thrived regardless, solidifying herself as a go-to starter and leading the Spirit to win the NWSL Championship.
Rodman made an instant impact, scoring in her debut in the NWSL Challenge Cup, and continued her good form. Her combined seven goals and seven assists in all competitions led the league, and she was named NWSL Rookie of the Year.
When she was first drafted, Rodman caught attention for her last name but pushed back against the narratives linking her sporting talent to her father, instead crediting her mother, Michelle Rodman, for her competitiveness while vowing to make a name for herself.
Trinity Rodman won the Young Female Player of the Year
The Washington Spirit's forward was announced as U.S. Soccer's Young Female Player of the Year for 2021 after a successful rookie campaign.
Rodman earned 48% of the overall vote for Young Female Player of the Year. Coming in second was midfielder Catarina Macario (32%) and third was defender Emily Fox (13%).
For Rodman, the award caps off a sensational debut season in which she became the youngest player to be drafted into the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) at age 18, going No. 2 overall.
Rodman shined with the U.S. U-20 women’s national team
Before her NWSL debut, Rodman had already been known as the speedy direct threat for the under-20 U.S. women's national team, tallying eight goals and six assists in qualifying for the U-20 World Cup, which was later canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But she vowed before her professional debut to expand her game and be "funky on the ball," a promise she made good on despite a tumultuous first experience at a professional club.