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Morgan, Boxx return for USWNT camp

Jill Ellis has named her roster for the pair of mid-June U.S. friendly matches against France. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Alex Morgan and Shannon Boxx are among 26 players called into camp with the U.S. national team ahead of two friendly matches against France, June 14 and 19.  Neither has played a competitive match in 2014, Morgan because of an injury and Boxx due to being pregnant.

Boxx will only join the team for training and evaluations, but will not play in either match.

Of the 26 players, 18 will dress for the matches which will take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (June 14), and Renstchler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (June 19.)  The matches will be the first for Jill Ellis as the full-time coach of the U.S. after having her interim tag removed on May 16.

Last time out, the United States tied Canada 1-1 on May 8 in Winnipeg, Canada. Ellis was still the interim coach at that point.

France, ranked No. 4 in the world, will play Brazil in Cayenne, French Guiana, on June 11 before heading to Florida to take on the Americans.

Another roster notable is Kristie Mewis, who missed the most recent camp through injury.  Abby Wambach, who tweeted Monday that her knee injury is not serious, is in the camp as well. Notably, Kelley O’Hara is listed as a forward and Julie Johnston is listed as a midfielder.

United States WNT roster vs. France

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)

FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)


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