March began with worries over the United States’ performance in the SheBelieves Cup. It will end with concerns over the collective health of the team. On Thursday, Tobin Heath became the latest to be withdrawn from training camp and two friendlies next week against Russia. Heath did not join the camp which began today, due to a minor back injury. Earlier this week, Morgan Brian was taken out of consideration due to an MLC injury and a hip strain got the better of Heath’s Portland teammate Lindsey Horan. Julie Johnston is also missing the camp in order to marry Zach Ertz.
Jaelin Howell, 17, was named Wednesday to replace Horan. She is the only replacement for the three injured players. Jill Ellis will now take 22 players to camp and choose 18 to dress against Russia on April 6 in Frisco and a new 18 on April 9 in Houston. Howell, Jane Campbell, and Megan Oyster are the three uncapped players.
An updated USWNT camp roster is below:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)