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Savannah DeMelo on her World Cup selection: ‘Are you serious?’

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Savannah DeMelo has not played in a single match for the U.S. women’s national team. So forgive her if she could not quite wrap her head around her World Cup selection.

The USWNT video series “The Call” brings viewers behind the scenes as head coach Vlatko Andonovski FaceTimes players to let them know that they’ve been called up for the tournament. And for DeMelo, who has yet to feature internationally, the moment is one to remember.

DeMelo is speechless at first, then asks the question: “Are you serious?”

“I mean, I wouldn’t joke with something like that,” Andonovski replies.

“Oh my gosh, thank you so much,” she said. “My heart’s beating so fast.”

At one point, her family can be heard celebrating in the background of the call. Andonovski then congratulates DeMelo on a recent goal for Racing Louisville, a trend that has led to her call-up. She has eight goals across all NWSL competitions this year.

While she is uncapped heading into the World Cup, she did join the USWNT for camps in September and October of last year. She becomes the first uncapped player to receive a World Cup call-up for the USWNT since Shannon Boxx in 2003.

“One thing that we wanted to see from her is consistency in the upcoming season,” Andonovski said Wednesday. “Sav did very well and was very consistent. Her performance in the league was one of the biggest reasons why she’s on the team.

“And based on the needs that we have in terms of opponents and different situations that we may face, we see Sav being very important for us going forward.”