Tori Huster’s first call-up to the United States women’s national team comes at a crucial time: four months before the Women’s World Cup.
The Washington Spirit midfielder was named to U.S. coach Jill Ellis’ 24-player roster for upcoming away matches against France and England. The U.S. departs on Sunday for games against France on Feb. 8 and against England on Feb. 13.
Huster has seen time with U.S. youth national teams and was in the recent January U-23 national team training camp. She started all 22 games in which she played while helping the Washington Spirit reach the NWSL semifinals in 2014.
Defender and U.S. captain Christie Rampone will not make the trip due to a back injury, according to U.S. Soccer. A team spokesman says the injury is not serious and Rampone could be back in time for the Algarve Cup. Megan Rapinoe is also out with a knee injury.
Rampone’s absence opens the door for defender Rachel Van Hollebeke, who was not called up for World Cup qualifying in October or for the four-game tournament in Brazil in December. Van Hollebeke did participate in the January training camp in Los Angeles.
Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris and Alyssa Naeher are the three goalkeepers on the trip for the United States. Starting goalkeeper Hope Solo is currently serving a suspension following an incident during January training camp.
The U.S. is 14-0-2 all-time against France and 7-1-3 all-time against England.
USWNT ROSTER VS. FRANCE, ENGLAND
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)
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