Washington Spirit’s Trinity Rodman made her U.S women’s national team debut as they kicked off the 2022 SheBelieves Cup with a 0-0 draw against the Czech Republic.
The USWNT is without veterans like Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath at the tournament as head coach Vlatko Andonovski opted to give younger players more experience.
While Rodman had yet to take on the international stage before now, she became a focal point for Washington Spirit during the 2021 NWSL season. The 19-year-old thrived for the Spirit, inspiring her side to their first league Championship.
She recently signed a four-year contract with the club worth a reported $1.1m, making her the highest-paid player in the National Women's Soccer League.
"Obviously we all know Trinity is a good player," coach Andonovski said.
"I thought Rodman was dangerous when she came in, got into a couple of good opportunities and was threatening the backline of the Czech Republic.
"I just think this is a first of many for her. She definitely needs more minutes, more caps, more games, and I have no doubt that she's going to perform even better."
While Andonovski praised Rodman, he admitted this U.S. team is 'nowhere near' winning big games.
"I'm happy with where they're at right now. But we all know that how we look and where we're at is nowhere near enough to win big games," he added.
The average age of the starting line up was 25.5, the youngest it's been since April 2018. The roster featured five starters that had seen less than 15 appearances, and Rodman for her debut.
"It doesn't matter how good they are, how much potential they have. It's not easy to just throw them on the field and expect it to click immediately and combine and do some creative things," Andonovski continued.
The team returns to the pitch on February 20 to take on New Zealand in the second match of the international tournament.