USWNT add Trinity Rodman to SheBelieves Cup roster

Lizzy Becherano
Trinity Rodman joins USWNT for the SheBelieves Cup
Trinity Rodman joins USWNT for the SheBelieves Cup / Brad Smith/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Washington Spirit striker Trinity Rodman has been added to the United States women's national team roster for this month's SheBelieves Cup. She replaces defender Abby Dahlkemper, who was ruled out with a back injury.

Rodman is now among the 23 players who will be competing in the USWNT’s first games of the year against the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Iceland in the SheBelieves Cup, which is set to kick off on February 17 through the 23 in Carson, California, and Frisco, Texas.

The striker was initially left off the roster, with head coach Vlatko Andonovski citing she needed to be eased into the team gradually.

"She's doing really good in the league, but the national team is a completely different animal," Andonovski said on last week.

"We don't want to burn her out -- we want to give her a chance to slowly adjust herself to the system, to the structure and to absorb information slowly step by step instead of throwing everything at her."

Now, the 19-year-old talent has a chance to earn her first senior caps. 

Rodman hit the ground running in 2021, becoming the youngest player ever drafted into the league before helping the Washington Spirit to an NWSL Championship. She was named NWSL Rookie of the Year, as well as U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Player of the Year for 2021. 

Last week, the striker signed a contract extension with the Spirit to make her the highest-paid player in the American league. The deal stands for $1.1 million over four years that has been reported to put her NWSL base pay above Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.