At the start of January Camp in 2018, it would have been a stretch to name her as a shoe-in for the World Cup qualifying team, but she’s on the correct path and should the USA qualify, she is in line to earn a roster spot in France at the age of 20.
With a foot injury to veteran center back Becky Sauerbrunn sidelining her for the 2018 January training camp and the friendly match against Denmark on Jan. 21, Davidson was given the starting nod against the Danes in San Diego and earned her first cap.
She was the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) were the most recent teenagers to debut. Davidson, who still has two years of college soccer left, has already led Stanford to an NCAA Championship, playing a key role in the Cardinal’s run to the title last season.
Davidson performed well enough during that January Camp and the Denmark game in California in what was her first extended training time with the U.S. team to earn a spot on the 2018 SheBelieves Cup roster and, with Sauerbrunn still recovering, got a chance to perform against the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 teams in the world while facing off against some of the world’s most dangerous strikers.
Davidson started and played all 90 minutes in all three games of the 2018 SheBelieves Cup and performed extremely well while playing in the key position of central defense.