Welcome to a three part series where we take a look at three different players on the USWNT Player pool bubble – or just the outside of it.. We’ll take you through the reasons they may or may not be included in the 2019 USWNT January camp.
Player Name: Andi Sullivan
Current Team: Washington Spirit
Chance of them getting a call up: 6/10.
Why a call up is due:
With the start of 2019 and the looming World Cup, the majority of the roster is fairly set; however, Andi Sullivan should be including in the January camp and the friendly against France. Historically, once the World Cup cycle ends, several of the veteran players announce their retirement from international play. Including Sullivan in the mix would keep a player in her early twenties around the core group to step in to help fill that void. Additionally, she could easily step in if there is an injury to the U.S. midfield. While playing in the NWSL, she played 23 out of Washington’s 24 matches, starting 22 contests and only getting subbed off twice and racking up 1984 minutes. The bright spots of her play was her 78.9% passing while averaging 44.8 passes per 90 and a successfully tackling rate of 86.8% demonstrating her potential going forward if given time to develop.
Why it may not happen:
Let’s be honest here, Andi Sullivan’s rookie season was well, not something to write home about for the number one overall pick in the 2018 draft. Some of the middling play carried over for her when she was previously called up to the national team. Looking as recent as the November friendly versus Portugal, she failed to impress as the holding mid he most notable play was when she was booked in the 31st minute then subbed out at half time. Prior to this, Sullivan didn’t make the cut to be on the Concacaf women’s championship roster, and the last time she was representing the red, white, and blue was back in April against Mexico. She didn’t play the full 90, giving way in the 53rd minute to Carli Lloyd.