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Rapinoe included on USWNT team for HAO farewell

Megan Rapinoe will join U.S. camp next week and intends to be on one knee during the national anthem. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Megan Rapinoe will join U.S. camp next week and intends to be on one knee during the national anthem. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

With one exception, Jill Ellis has called in the entire Olympic team including alternates for next week’s friendlies against Thailand and the Netherlands. Only Hope Solo, who has had her contract terminated and been suspended six months, is not among the call-ups. The 21-woman group includes all four alternates. That includes Megan Rapinoe who has said she would take a knee during the national anthem as did in Chicago last weekend, and Kelley O’Hara, who has missed Sky Blue’s last two matches with a sprained ankle. And of course it includes Heather O’Reilly who will win her 231st and final cap with the United States on Thursday against Thailand.

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“We are really looking forward to both of these matches,” Ellis said. “These first two games will all be players who were at the Olympics and then in October, we’ll really start to focus on the new cycle. One of the most important things in this first game against Thailand is to celebrate Heather O’Reilly’s wonderful career and honor her with a send-off befitting her tremendous contribution to our program. I am certain the fans and our players and will make sure it’s a very special day.”

The match against Thailand is in Kansas City where O’Reilly plays her club soccer at FC Kansas City. The Sunday, September 18 match against the Netherlands is in Columbus, Ohio. The October matches are the 19th (Sandy, Utah) and 23rd (Minneapolis) against Switzerland.

The full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 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 (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)

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