NBA great's daughter gets US soccer call
Trinity Rodman, the teenage daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman, is among 25 players called into the first camp of the year for the US women's national soccer team.
Nineteen-year-old Rodman was included for the first time after an outstanding debut season in the National Women's Soccer League which earned her the Rookie of the Year award.
A forward for the Washington Spirit, Rodman started 19 of the 22 matches she appeared in, tallying six goals and five assists.
(image: AAP - Washington Spirit forward Trinity Rodman (2) plays during the second half of the NWSL Championship soccer match against Chicago Red Stars Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021)
She also provided an assist for Kelley O'Hara's game-winning goal in the NWSL Championship, helping the club capture its first trophy in November.
"She was one of the most exciting players in the league this past season," said US team head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
"She's still a young player, but we do want to expose her to the environment where she can get her feet wet a little bit ... get used to my coaching and the players that she's around, and hopefully she can continue growing and show that what she was able to do in the league, she can do that at the international level."
(Image: Shutterstock: Ulora) Her Father NBA Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman must be so proud)
Rodman joins fellow uncapped players Aubrey Kingsbury and Naomi Girma at the US team camp.
The team doesn't have any games scheduled for January but will compete in the SheBelieves Cup next month. The friendly four-team tournament also involving Czech Republic, Iceland and New Zealand will run from February 17-23 and feature games in Frisco, Texas, and Carson, California.
The full roster:- Goalkeepers: Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars).
Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Abby Dahlkemper (San Diego Wave), Tierna Davidson (Chicago), Imani Dorsey (Gotham FC), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville), Naomi Girma (San Diego), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Kelley O'Hara (Washington), Emily Sonnett (Washington).
Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Jaelin Howell (Louisville), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Gotham FC), Samantha Mewis (Kansas City Current), Ashley Sanchez (Washington), Andi Sullivan (Washington).
Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington), Mallory Pugh (Chicago), Margaret Purce (Gotham FC), Trinity Rodman (Washington), Sophia Smith (Portland), Lynn Williams (Kansas City).
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