NWSL rookies Sam Coffey and Savannah DeMelo continue to impress, earning call-ups to the U.S. women’s national team Thursday for the upcoming friendlies against England and Spain.
USWNT coach Vlatko Andonovski pointed to their play in the domestic league this season as one of the main reasons that they have each earned looks this year.
Coffey received her first call-up in June for the team’s friendlies against Colombia. Then she was called in as an injury replacement for Ashley Hatch at the Concacaf W Championship. She made her first appearance during the team’s friendlies against Nigeria in September.
Calling Coffey’s performances in the NWSL this season “tremendous,” Andonovski offered up high praise for the Portland Thorns midfielder.
“In my opinion, she’s an [NWSL] MVP candidate,” Andonovski said. “Sam has a lot of impact on and sometimes dictates the performance of the team, which is incredible for a rookie.”
DeMelo, meanwhile, earns her first direct call-up ahead of the European trip after being selected for the September friendlies as a replacement for Trinity Rodman. The rookie has three goals and one assist through 17 regular season starts for Racing Louisville.
“Savannah has done a very good job. She has special qualities that we’re very, very happy with,” Andonovski said. “Her abilities to penetrate on the dribble are tremendous. She’s able to limit a player in the middle of the field and create opportunities for her teammates. And on top of that she’s scored some amazing goals too.
“We’re very happy with how she’s progressed this season and we’re hoping that we can help her with the development and allow her to continue her development.”