SheBelieves Cup 2023 rosters: USWNT, Brazil, Canada & Japan squads in full
The U.S. women's national team will host the eighth edition of the SheBelieves Cup in February 2023, welcoming Brazil, Canada and Japan to the States for the round-robin tournament.
It is an illustrious line-up of nations and, when the competition gets underway on February 16, it promises to have plenty of star players on show as a result.
GOAL brings you the rosters for every team, as well as injury news and those who could shine this month as the SheBelieves Cup returns.
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USWNT 2023 SheBelieves Cup roster
Position Players Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch (Kansas City Current), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) Defenders: Alana Cook (OL Reign), Emily Fox (North Carolina Courage), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (OL Reign) Midfielders: Lindsey Horan (Lyon), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (Gotham), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave), Midge Purce (Gotham), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Mallory Swanson (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Gotham)
Vlatko Andonovski announced the U.S. roster for the SheBelieves Cup on February 1, with Sophia Smith a key absentee as she continues to recover from a foot injury that kept her out of the January camp. Megan Rapinoe, however, is back after missing the first games of 2023.
Catarina Macario is still absent after tearing her ACL last summer, but the head coach said he expects her, Smith, Kelley O'Hara, Christen Press and Tobin Heath to be back in contention for the April window.
Sam Coffey, Savannah DeMelo and Jaelin Howell are among those who didn't make the cut for the tournament.
Player to watch: Lynn Williams
When Lynn Williams came off the bench in the first of the USWNT's two games against New Zealand in January, it was exactly 10 months to the day since her last appearance for club or country.
The forward needed surgery to fix a hamstring problem but her return to action came with a bang - a goal off the bench on her first appearance since last March followed by an assist just three days later as the U.S. beat the Football Ferns 4-0 and then 5-0.
Williams is a special player and her energy is infectious. As she continues to up her match fitness and sharpness after so long out, she's only going to become more effective. She'll certainly be determined to make up for lost time, too - especially in a World Cup year.
Brazil 2023 SheBelieves Cup roster
Position Players Goalkeepers: Leticia Izidoro (Corinthians), Lorena (Gremio), Luciana (Ferroviaria) Defenders: Bruninha (Gotham), Tainara (Bayern Munich), Rafaelle (Arsenal), Kathellen (Real Madrid), Lauren (Madrid CFF), Tarciane (Corinthians), Yasmim (Corinthians), Tamires (Corinthians) Midfielders: Adriana (Orlando Pride), Ary (Racing Louisville), Ana Vitória (Benfica), Julia Bianchi (Chicago Red Stars), Kerolin (North Carolina Courage) Forwards: Bia Zaneratto (Palmeiras), Geyse (Barcelona), Gabi Nunes (Madrid CFF), Debinha (Kansas City Current), Nycole Raysla (Benfica), Ludmila (Atletico Madrid), Marta (Orlando Pride)
After 11 months out injured, the legendary Marta could make her long-awaited return to action during the SheBelieves Cup. The iconic Brazilian is in Pia Sundhage's squad for the tournament having recovered from an ACL tear suffered last March.
Arsenal forward Gio Queiroz, ranked 10th in GOAL's 2022 NXGN list, is missing but another Brazilian from that list is included - 19-year-old defender Tarciane.
The teenager is one of five players in the squad still in single figures for senior caps, while Marta is one of four with over 100 to their name.
Player to watch: Nycole Raysla
Benfica star Nycole Raysla is one of those just beginning their international career, with only three appearances so far, but she does already have her first senior international goal - netted against Argentina in September.
The forward has been one of her club's brightest talents since joining back in 2019, helping to make the Portuguese side not only a dominant force domestically, but a team that can cause problems in Europe, too.
Nycole already has six Women's Champions League goals to her name at the age of 22, one of those coming against German giants Bayern Munich in this season's competition. She's a seriously talented young player with a big future, while also having the ability to make an impact at the highest level right away.
Canada 2023 SheBelieves Cup roster
Position Players Goalkeepers: Sabrina D'Angelo (Arsenal), Lysianne Proulx (Torreense), Kailen Sheridan (San Diego Wave) Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan (Chelsea), Vanessa Gilles (Lyon), Shelina Zadorsky (Tottenham), Jade Rose (Harvard University), Gabrielle Carle (Washington Spirit), Allysha Chapman (Houston Dash), Ashley Lawrence (Paris Saint-Germain) Midfielders: Quinn (OL Reign), Simi Awujo (University of Southern California), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea), Julia Grosso (Juventus), Sophie Schmidt (Houston Dash), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) Forwards: Janine Beckie (Portland Thorns), Jordyn Huitema (OL Reign), Cloe Lacasse (Benfica), Clarissa Larisey (BK Hacken), Adriana Leon (Manchester United), Evelyne Viens (Kristianstads), Jenna Hellstrom (Dijon)
Canada head coach Bev Priestman named her official squad for the SheBelieves Cup on February 13.
It followed a pre-tournament camp which featured players predominantly from leagues not currently in season, namely the United States' NWSL and Sweden's Damallsvenskan.
The story in the build-up to this international break for Canada, though, has been all about the players' feud with the federation. After Canada Soccer announced budget cuts, both the women's and men's national teams expressed concern and frustration in official statements.
Christine Sinclair, the women's team captain, said last week that the players would go on strike, but that action was retracted when the federation threatened to sue.
It's likely we will see some form of protest or message sent by the players during the SheBelieves Cup, with the USWNT - well-known for doing as much - having expressed support for their fellow pros.
Player to watch: Cloe Lacasse
Cloe Lacasse's journey to becoming a senior international has been quite unorthodox. After college, the forward played for five years in Iceland, securing a move to a newly-formed Benfica as a result of an excellent scoring record with IBV.
Since moving to Portugal in 2019, she's won six trophies and established herself as a key player on the team, starring in both domestic competition and also in the Women's Champions League.
A creative goal-scorer with bundles of energy and a real good work ethic, these qualities saw Lacasse win her first senior call-up in April 2021 and her first cap in November the same year, at the age of 28.
An excellent impact player from the bench, she's now battling to nail a spot down in that starting XI and, of course, this summer's World Cup squad.
Japan 2023 SheBelieves Cup roster
Position Players Goalkeepers: Ayaka Yamashita (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Chika Hirao (Albirex Niigata), Momoko Tanaka (Tokyo Verdy Beleza) Defenders: Saki Kumagai (Bayern Munich), Shiori Miyake (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Ruka Norimatsu (Omiya Ardija Ventus), Risa Shimizu (West Ham), Kiko Seike (Urawa Reds), Miyabi Moriya (INAC Kobe Leonessa), Moeka Minami (Roma), Saori Takarada (Linkoping), Rion Ishikawa (Urawa Reds) Midfielders: Yui Hasegawa (Manchester City), Hina Sugita (Portland Thorns), Honoka Hayashi (West Ham), Fuka Nagano (Liverpool), Hinata Miyazawa (Mynavi Sendai), Jun Endo (Angel City), Aoba Fujino (Tokyo Verdy Beleza) Forwards: Mana Iwabuchi (Tottenham), Rikako Kobayashi (Tokyo Verdy Beleza), Riko Ueki (Tokyo Verdy Beleza), Maika Hamano (Chelsea)
Japan's squad for the 2023 SheBelieves Cup was announced on February 8.
Futoshi Ikeda has called up two young players for the first time - 19-year-old Rion Ishikawa and 23-year-old Miyabi Moriya - as well as Chelsea's new signing, Maika Hamano, the teenage forward who won her first senior cap in October.
The coach is able to call on a number of established stars as well, including Mana Iwabuchi, who has joined Tottenham on loan for the rest of the Women's Super League season after struggling for game time at Arsenal.
Her having the chance to get back into top form is not just a positive for Japan this month, but also building up to the Women's World Cup this summer in general.
Ikeda's squad also includes two names who play their club football in the U.S., in Angel City's Jun Endo and Hina Sugita of the Portland Thorns.
Player to watch: Yui Hasegawa
Since joining Manchester City from West Ham in the summer, Hasegawa has been tasked with playing a deeper midfield role.
However, it was as a creative playmaker that she excelled for her former club and it's often as a wide player that she catches the eye for her country.
Those who watch the WSL will have seen a lot of Hasegawa dictating play from the base of midfield so far this season, but this international break will be an opportunity to see her causing havoc with her vision and skill in the final third again. That's what she's best at and when she's most enjoyable to watch.