US Soccer announced their 23-player roster for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup on Monday. Seven former Cardinal made the list — goalkeeper Jane Campbell ’17, defenders Alana Cook ’19, Kelly O’Hara ’10 and Tierna Davidson ’20, midfielder Catarina Macario ’21 and forwards Sophia Smith ’22 and Christen Press ’11.
Macario, a recent signee with the French club Olympique Lyonnais and native of Brazil, will be available to play her third USWNT match after becoming FIFA-eligible for the US during January camp.
Cook, another young player, will return to the roster after getting her first senior team call-up in 2019. Cook is set to play out her last year in a 3-year contract with PSG in 2021.
Campbell seems to be making a name for herself after frequent call-ups to the national team roster. With goalkeeper depth behind Alyssa Naeher still up in the air, the Houston Dash keeper looks to earn a roster spot come the Olympics this summer.
Players like Smith of the Portland Thorns and Davidson of the Chicago Red Stars continue to make their way into national team rosters, vying for positions on the USWNT’s 18-player Olympic roster, which will be announced in early spring.
To no one’s surprise, veterans Press and O’Hara have been called up once again. With over 250 international appearances between the two players, Press and O’Hara continue to dominate their respective positions on the field. Press, currently playing in England for Manchester United in the Women’s Super League, will return to the States for the tournament. O’Hara will interrupt her preseason with the Washington Spirit to participate.
The SheBelieves Cup will feature a total of six matches between the USWNT, Canada, Brazil and Argentina.
Although the USWNT January camp just wrapped up, a new video was recently released, featuring three Stanford alums. O’Hara hosts the second run of “Battle of the Brains,” a trivia competition to determine who is the smartest Stanford graduate on the USWNT.
In the first video, O’Hara and Press faced off, with O’Hara pulling a victory in the end.
This second installment features the next generation of Cardinal: Davidson and Andi Sullivan ’18. After a few bonus questions, Davidson emerged victorious by a single-question margin.
We now wait to see how many former Cardinal will be named to the roster for Tokyo 2021 Olympics, as well as try and guess which Stanford alum will (hopefully) face Macario in a third installment of “Battle of the Brains.”
Contact Jenna Ruzekowicz at jruzekow ‘at’ stanford.edu.