2021 She Believes Cup - Schedule, Roster and Preview
2021 She Believes Cup:
Japan drops out due to covid 19 and is replaced by Argentina
The 2021 SheBelievesCup, presented by VISA, will take place in Orlando FL February 18-21. Canada, Brazil and Argentina will join the USWNT in this elite 4 team Tournament hosted at Exploria Stadium, home to NWSL's Orlando Pride. All 3 of the USA's matches will be broadcast on FS1 and the winner of the tournament will be determined by total points: three points for a win, one point for a tie. The first tiebreaker is overall goal differential, then most total goals scored, then head to head results and if necessary, the last tiebreaker would be Fair Play Ranking. Fair Play Ranking is FIFA'S "recognition of exemplary behavior that promotes the spirit of fair play and compassion." Past SheBelievesCup champions include: the USA in 2016, France in 2017, the USA in 2018, England in 2019 and the USA again in 2020.
2021 She Believes Cup Schedule - All times Eastern Standard Time
2021 She Believes Cup Roster
2021 She Believes Cup Roster Notes
Alex Morgan will make her return to US Women's National Team at the She Believes Cup. Morgan has been absent from due to the birth of her baby girl, Charlie on May 7 last year.
Christen Press will also return to play in the Cup. She has been playing for Manchester United in England with Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath. Rose Lavelle will join Press at the Cup while Tobin Heath has an ankle injury that will sideline her for 10 - 12 weeks.
Sam Mewis was injured playing for Manchester City but apparently be fit to play and is on the roster for the Cup.
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM 2021 SHEBELIEVES CUP ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 4), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 65)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 2/0), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 63/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 27/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 107/24), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 133/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 4/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 179/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 48/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 105/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 88/20), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 48/13), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA; 2/1), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 18/3), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 70/21)
FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 296/123), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 170/107), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 139/58), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 170/54), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 31/10)
Training Players: Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 4/0), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; 1/0), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 63/18)
2020 USWNT Highlights: She Believes Cup
March 11, 2020, USWNT 3-1 Japan
Goals: Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, Lindsey Horan
March 5, 2020, USWNT 2-0 England
Goals: Christen Press, Carli Lloyd
March 8, 2020, USWNT 1-0 Spain
Goals: Julie Ertz