USWNT Kicks Off SheBelieves Cup

March 2, 2016

The United States women’s national team kicks off the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday, and over the next week the U.S. will play England, France and Germany – ranked No. 5, No. 3 and No. 2 in the world, respectively.

For the matches, head coach Jill Ellis has called in 19 of the 20 players she used in Olympic qualifying, while adding three others. Stephanie McCaffrey was the one player dropped; Heather O’Reilly, Whitney Engen and Lauren Barnes were the players added.

Ellis did not name veteran Christie Rampone to the roster, seemingly another sign that the 40-year-old’s career with the USWNT is finished.

On a happier note, defender Julie Johnston used the short break between qualifying and the SheBelieves Cup to get engaged to Philadelphia Eagles’ player Zach Ertz.

The upcoming tournament will be played completely on grass surfaces. The issue of field conditions gained notoriety during the team’s Victory Tour when a match in Hawaii had to be cancelled due to a poor turf surface in Hawaii. This week, it was announced that turf is being replaced.

And finally, U.S. Soccer unveiled its new crest this week. The women’s version looks pretty sharp with those three stars above it.

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