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Horan pulls up lame in France and withdraws from SheBelieves Cup play. Colorado’s Jaelin Howell called into USWNT camp

One Coloradan in, one Coloradan out

John Babiak

According to a U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) news release, Lindsey Horan will not play in the upcoming SheBelieves Cup tournament scheduled to start Thursday in Carson, California.

The veteran irritated her knee in France while playing with her new club Olympique Lyonnais. The Colorado Rush product and 2021 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year is currently stateside with her teammates and is being evaluated by the USWNT medical staff.

In 2019, the durable midfielder missed the same tournament due to an injury. She sat out the one-week competition and watched the Lady Yanks take a rare second-place trophy home to their headquarters in Chicago.

USWNT gaffer Vlatko Andonovski has called in midfielder Jaelin Howell to replace Horan. Howell is coming off a positive performance during the team’s January preparation training camp in Austin, Texas. However, when Andonovski announced his roster for the three-match SheBelieves Cup tourney, Howell was not included. When asked about his reasoning not to include her in friendly competitions, Andonovoski commented: “As of right now, we felt that there are other players we want to take a closer look at in-game environments.”

The rising Howell is a more than suitable replacement for Horan.

The tenacious midfielder has been in and out of senior team camps since 2020. She was an overachiever at Florida State University, winning the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Herman Trophy award, twice. She lead the Seminoles to the NCAA title this past season.

Howell, a Real Colorado alumni, just signed a 3-year contract with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Racing Louisville Football Club after being selected second in the league’s 2021-22 draft.

The 22-year-old debuted for the USWNT on Nov. 27, 2020. She came on as a substitute for Samantha Mewis in the 89th minutes of the team’s match against the Netherlands. In addition, she earned 28 minutes of on the pitch against Argentina during the 2021 SheBelieves Cup.

U.S. Women’s National Team 2022 SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit; 0), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 2), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 78)

DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (OL Reign; 4/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 45/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC; 8/0), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign; 9/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 148/2), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 63/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 199/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Gautrat (Chicago Red Stars; 87/8), Jaelin Howell (Racing Louisville FC; 2/0), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 68/18), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA; 12/3), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 33/4), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 22/2)

FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 4/2), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 67/18), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 9/2), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit; 0/0), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 10/1), Lynn Williams (Kansas City Current; 45/14)