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Jan. 29, 2019 — Moving on

Yesterday, USA Field Hockey released its 2019 Women’s Developmental Squad, the pool of players who, presumably, would be plumbed and mined for talent in case of injury or illness befalling the senior women’s national team as the FIH Pro League continues on through the summer.

I was hoping this team would be retaining a number of players from past women’s national teams, people like Erin McCrudden, who had 13 caps last year and was on the roster of the U.S. team that made the 2017 FIH World League Final.

But aside from the Louisville star, there aren’t a lot of players with international caps on this year’s developmental side, which will be making an international tour in April.

That tour is likely to be a high-stakes audition for the second half of the Pro League, especially if, as expected, the United States is at the bottom of the table because of the front-loaded schedule of road games.

In case of a callup, we’ll see how ready the individuals on this reserve team are.

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