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Dec. 16, 2019 — Clean slate or bare cupboard?

The announcement today of the retirement of Caitlin Van Sickle from the U.S. women’s national field hockey team means that there is going to be a near-complete turnover of the senior women’s squad in fewer than three years.

And all this before the next U.S. coach is selected, following the recent firing of Janneke Schopmann.

All this, of course, begs the question: what kind of team is the next U.S. coach going to be able to assemble?

Could the next U.S. coach be able to coax commitment from some of the players who left the team after Rio? Or perhaps dig a little deeper in the U.S. college ranks to bring in players like Haley Schleicher, Kelee LePage, or even an Austyn Cuneo?

Hopefully it’s a shakeup of the U.S. player pool, seeing as how the current selection system has not been working.