Midfielder Jaelin Howell Replaces Samantha Mewis on U.S. Women’s National Team Roster for the 2021 Shebelieves Cup


CHICAGO (Feb. 13, 2021) – Midfielder Jaelin Howell, a junior at Florida State, will replace Samantha Mewis on the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, presented by Visa.


Mewis, who suffered an ankle injury in the USA’s Jan. 22 match against Colombia and missed the last three Women’s Super League matches for Manchester City, will stay in England to complete her rehabilitation.


The 21-year-old Howell has one career cap, earned on Nov. 27, 2020 against the Netherlands during the USA’s 2-0 win in Breda. Howell is a veteran of two youth World Cups for the USA. She played in the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France and in 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.


Howell helped Florida State to the 2018 NCAA Championship as a freshman and helped the Seminoles win last fall’s ACC title. Howell’s father, John, was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers first Super Bowl winning team in 2003 as a safety.


The USA is hosting Argentina, Brazil and Canada in this year’s sixth annual SheBelieves Cup which will be staged in three doubleheaders, on Feb. 18, 21 and 24, all at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. 

U.S. Women’s National Team 2021 SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position (Club; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 4), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage; 0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 65)

DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG; 63/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 27/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 107/24), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 32/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 133/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 4/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 179/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 48/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 105/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 88/20), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; 1/0), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 48/13), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA; 2/1), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 18/3)

FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 296/123), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 170/107), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 139/58), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 170/54), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 31/10)