Vlatko Andonovski explains Megan Rapinoe’s inclusion on 23-player Concacaf W Championship roster

US women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski announced the 23-player roster for the Concacaf W Championship next month in Honduras, with Megan Rapinoe headlining the squad. 

The inclusion of the veteran forward came as a surprise to most after her limited involvement with OL Reign this NWSL season and previous USWNT snubs. Rapinoe has managed just 155 minutes across five substitute appearances in 2022.

While explaining the recent roster, Andonovski revealed her call up is not a reflection of her current status with the NWSL team, but a kept promise made last summer. 

“Megan and I had a great conversation after the season last year, and she understood the process that we were going to go through,” Andonovski told reporters on a conference call.

“Within the conversation, she understood that we are going to bring a lot of players, we are going to test a lot of players, we want to give the young players lots of minutes and opportunities to play, and give us a chance to evaluate them as much as possible. But after everything is said and done [I said] that if she’s healthy, and if she’s fit to get minutes that she will be on the roster.”