Three prominent players will say good bye to the United States national team during friendlies against Brazil next week. And a bunch of fresh faces will be along for the ride hoping to latch on to the team as it prepares for next summer’s Olympic Games. On Friday, head coach Jill Ellis called in the entire World Cup roster plus Crystal Dunn and seven others to train ahead of Wednesday’s match at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The United States and Brazil will play again on October 25 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Among the players who were not at the World Cup, four are uncapped. They are Flash rookie Jaelene Hinkle, Breakers rookie Stephanie McCaffrey, Virginia senior Emily Sonnett, and 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender Gina Lewandowski. Of that group, McCaffrey was briefly in camp when she made a brief cameo earlier this year following a U-23 camp; and Lewandowski was in a camp in 2012.
Flash midfielder Samantha Mewis, Spirit midfielder Christine Nairn, and Paris Saint-Germain forward Lindsey Horan are all back in the mix after being capped prior to 2015. Horan should be in good form having scored twice in PSG’s Champions League win earlier this week.
The full camp roster by positions:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (12): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (unattached), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Christine Nairn (Washington Spirit), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)
Your accountSign in
/ 5 days ago
The most dramatic playoff race in National Women’s Soccer League history might come to...