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.
The additions of Sonnett and Barnes–and the re-introduction of Engen–to the #USWNT roster seems to spell doom for Rampone's Olympics hopes
— Evan Davis (@ProfessorDobles) February 26, 2016
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.
— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) February 27, 2016
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.
Hawaii looking to replace Aloha Stadium turf. https://t.co/FKZnN8PcsW
— Beau Dure (@duresport) February 27, 2016
And finally, U.S. Soccer unveiled its new crest this week. The women’s version looks pretty sharp with those three stars above it.
You know the crest looks best with 3 stars pic.twitter.com/jdZUft7MPV
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) February 29, 2016