Seven Spirit Players Called Up to USWNT January Camp

Washington Spirit  |   January 12, 2022
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Washington, D.C. (01/12/22) – U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski had named Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury, defenders Kelley O’Hara and Emily Sonnett, midfielders Ashley Sanchez and Andi Sullivan, and forwards Ashley Hatch and Trinity Rodman to the roster for January training camp in Austin, Texas. 

O’Hara enters camp as the most capped player among Spirit players brought into camp with 148. Most recently, O’Hara appeared for the USWNT on October 21, 2021 against South Korea. For the Spirit in 2021, the Fayetteville, GA native had a very successful season, including scoring the game-winning goal in the NWSL Championship match. 

Sonnett is the second most capped player of this group. Most recently, Sonnett played in both matches against Australia where she started once and came off the bench in the second. After the Olympics, the University of Virginia alumni played in three of the four matches, starting two of those. In 2021, Sonnett was a key part of the lockdown defense for the Spirit. 

Sullivan is headed into her fourth straight camp for the USWNT. During the trip to Australia with the USWNT at the end of November, Sullivan started and played 84 minutes in the first match and 86 minutes in the second. The 2021 season was a success for Sullivan that included lifting her first trophy as captain of the Spirit.

Hatch picked up her third and fourth caps during the USWNT’s trip to Australia and scored her first two international goals. Both of her goals came in the first five minutes of both games. This capped a strong year for Hatch that saw her score 11 goals for the Spirit, including 10 in the regular season that won her the NWSL Golden Boot. 

Sanchez made her USWNT debut in the 81 minute of the second match vs. Australia in November. Prior to that call-up, Sanchez was named to the training camp roster in Colorado in October of 2020. For the Spirit in 2021, Sanchez continued to build on her 2020 campaign. Sanchez was a key part of the formidable attack for the Spirit, scoring four goals, including the game-winner against OL Reign in the semifinal. 

Kingsbury will be joining the USWNT in camp for the fifth time, her first since January camp in 2021. The Wake Forest alum was called up by Andonovski for the last two camps of 2020 in October and November, getting to travel with the team to the Netherlands. Kingsbury was another player who had a very successful year in 2021, earning her second-straight NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Rodman will attend camp with the senior USWNT for the first time after a breakout rookie season in the NWSL. In 2021, Rodman was named NWSL Rookie of the Year and U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year. During her first season in the NWSL, Rodman scored six goals and six assists and became the youngest American player to score a goal in an NWSL debut.


GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (9): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave FC), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Imani Dorsey (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit) 

MIDFIELDERS (7): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Jaelin Howell (Racing Louisville FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Samantha Mewis (Kansas City Current), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (Kansas City Current)

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