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Klingenberg returns to USWNT for January camp; Heath, Lavelle, Mewis hurt

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Defender Meghan Klingenberg is back with the U.S. women’s national team for the first time since June. U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ 26-player roster for the team’s annual January camp was announced on Wednesday, with Klingenberg the most notable addition.

More intriguing were names left off the roster: Midfielders Tobin Heath (ankle), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Rose Lavelle (hamstring) are all absent from the official camp roster due to injury, though Lavelle will do some light training and rehabilitation at the National Training Center in Carson, California, per U.S. Soccer.

Heath played in only four matches each for the U.S. and Portland Thorns in 2017 due to back and ankle injuries. Lavelle hasn’t played since September after re-injuring a hamstring that limited rookie season with the Boston Breakers since June.

Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina) and Andi Sullivan (Stanford) are the three college players in the camp; Davidson and McCaskill the only uncapped players. Sullivan and McCaskill are expected to be top picks in January’s NWSL College Draft.

Klingenberg’s presence in the camp appears to be a reward for a strong individual season for the NWSL champions, having played in all but one match and tallied six assists as an attack-minded fullback.

Absent from camp is defender Ali Krieger, who earned NWSL Best XI honors in 2017 playing primarily as a center back for the Orlando Pride. Krieger hasn’t played for the U.S. since a 4-0 win over Russia on April 6.

Ellis will select 18 players from the camp – which begins Saturday – for the Jan. 21 match against Denmark in San Diego, the team’s first game of the calendar year.

The U.S. U-23 camp will overlap the senior team’s camp in Carson. That runs from Jan. 4-11.

The full senior U.S. women’s national team roster for January camp:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0)

DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC; 73/3), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 104/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 135/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 7/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 43/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 246/98), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 7/0)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 57/22), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; 0/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 96/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 129/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)

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