Yesterday the Stars and Stripes made their debut at the SheBelieves Cup, but upon seeing the call-up everyone began to wonder: Why isn't Alex Morgan on the USWNT roster? And Rapinoe and Heath were also absent.
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While the question is totally legitimate, there is a compelling reason why these players were not called up to the roster to face this tournament.
Why Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Tobin Heath are not on the USWNT roster
As reported by Vladko Andonovsky, the Stars and Stripes coach, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath are not on the USWNT roster because the team must make a healthy post-Olympics transition in preparation for the 2023 World Cup, and the 2024 Olympics.
By healthy transition, the coach means that he is going to need more options to meet these future challenges and if he continues to manage a single team, this would be particularly difficult.
But above all, the coach knows that the current stars of the U.S. team are already in their 30s and he knows that a generational replacement is necessary to allow his squad to continue playing tournaments at their best.
How old are Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Tobin Heath?
Although on the court the ages of these true warriors are not noticeable, the reality is that they are already over 30 years old and therefore, the generational change in the Stars and Stripes is more than necessary.
Alex Morgan is currently 32 years old, Megan Rapinoe is already 36 and Tobin Heath is already 33, so the time factor is something that Andonovsky has to deal with, that is why these players were not called to the SheBelieves Cup.
And it is because of this need for generational change that Trinity Rodman was called up to the team, as the 19-year-old's experience in this type of tournament will allow the young figure to be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.
Especially when the team can no longer count on Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Tobin Heath, something that will happen in the next few years.
In the meantime, the Stars and Stripes will face their next match on Sunday, February 2, when they take on New Zealand at the Dignity Health Tennis Center.
It is very likely that Andonovsky will make changes in the lineup for this match, to continue testing different combinations with his players, but above all to give the youngest players a chance to get a chance to develop in this tournament.