Rapinoe Left off U.S. Roster for SheBelieves Cup
Rapinoe Left off U.S. Roster for SheBelieves Cup avatar

With the second edition of the SheBelieves Cup rapidly approaching U.S. WNT coach Jill Ellis has invited 25 players to training camp starting February 20th in Orlando ahead of the tournament that will pit the Americans against three of the top teams in the world in Germany, France, and England.

Rapinoe's . (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Rapinoe’s . (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Most of the expected names are included with the exception of Megan Rapinoe. Ellis gambled on including the difference making winger on last year’s Olympic squad but the gamble failed to pay off with Pinoe looking far from recovered from a knee injury as the Americans flamed out with their earliest ever exit from the Mundial.

Rapinoe participated in U.S. WNT’s January camp in Carson, California but apparently did not do enough to earn a spot on this roster. Reports out the camp indicated that Rapinoe was healthy, although it may be that she still has not come all the way back from last year’s ACL surgery.

Ellis continues to introduce new players into the mix, with four uncapped players headed to Orlando. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, midfielders Sarah Killion, Rose Lavelle and Brianna Pinto are the debutantes. Lavelle was selected by the Boston Breakers with the first pick in January’s NWSL Draft while Campbell went to the Houston Dash with 15th overall pick. Although new to the senior side Killion will be among friends, having been part of the 2012 U20 Women’s World Cup winning team alongside Morgan Brian, Julie
Johnston, Samantha Mewis and Crystal Dunn.

Brianna Pinto at the January training camp. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Brianna Pinto at the January training camp. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

The most intriguing name on this roster is 16-year-old Pinto, who becomes one of the youngest players to be brought into camp with the U.S. Women’s National Team. A central midfielder, Pinto will not celebrate her 17th birthday until May 24 and was a mainstay with the US at last year’s U17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.

Ellis will have to trim just two players from this group to get down to the required 23 player roster for the SheBelieves Cup. Each of the four teams will play each other one time with the nation that gains the most points claiming the championship.

The Americans won the inaugural SheBelieves in 2016 with nine points. Germany finished in second with six points with England and France bring up the rear with one point each.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto(CASL)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

March 1, 2017 7 PM ET WNT vs Germany Talen Energy Stadium;
Chester, Pa.
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March 4, 2017 5 PM ET WNT vs England Red Bull Arena; Harrison,
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March 7, 2017 7 PM ET WNT vs France RFK Stadium; Washington,

About Peter Nolan

Peter Nolan is a staff writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, covering MLS and other US leagues, He's GotSoccer's chief National Team Correspondent.
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