United States women’s national team coach Jill Ellis named her 20-player roster for Olympic qualifying next month, which does not include veteran midfielder Heather O’Reilly.
O’Reilly, 31, has been a part of the past three Olympics with the U.S. women, winning a gold medal at each. Other notable veterans omitted from the roster include defenders Christie Rampone — who is still recovering from December knee surgery — Whitney Engen.
Forward Mallory Pugh, 17, joins 22-year-old Boston Breakers forward Stephanie McCaffrey, midfielder Sam Mewis, and defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett as new, young players on the roster. Pugh scored in her first appearance on Saturday.
Forward Sydney Leroux announced on Monday that she is pregnant, ruling her out of contention for an Olympic roster spot.
Thirteen of the 20 players who made the roster for Olympic qualifying were part of the United States’ 2015 World Cup team.
Below is Ellis’ full roster for the CONCACAF tournament, which takes place in Texas from Feb. 10-21. The top two teams from the eight-team tournament will qualify for the Olympics. The U.S. women are three-time defending Olympic champions. Ellis will need to narrow her roster down — from these 20 players and others who didn’t make the list — to 18 players for the Olympics, should the U.S. qualify as expected.
U.S. Women’s National Team Olympic Qualifying Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash)
FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
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