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Veterans return to USWNT; Edmonds gets first call-up

Alex Morgan is back with the USWNT after getting a rest in October. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Alex Morgan is back with the USWNT after getting a rest in October. (Photo Copyright Patricia Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Veterans Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan return to the United States women’s national team for a pair of friendlies in November against Romania.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis named her roster for the matches on Thursday, and it saw the continued blend of established names with new call-ups who got their first taste of the international level earlier this month. In addition, Orlando Pride midfielder Kristen Edmonds earns her first call up after tallying six goals and two assists in a breakout 2016 NWSL campaign.

Ellis called in 11 uncapped players for the United States’ pair of October friendlies against Switzerland, and she handed out first-time caps to six of those players. Of the six, five return: forwards Lynn Williams and Kealia Ohai, defenders Casey Short and Abby Dahlkemper and midfielder Andi Sullivan. Williams and Ohai each broke the U.S. record for fastest goal in a debut, with Williams scoring 49 seconds into her first cap before Ohai — four days later — scored 48 seconds into her introduction.

“Our last training camp and games with Switzerland were extremely positive in regards to giving new players a chance to perform, continuing the process of deepening the player pool and fostering competition within the squad,” said Ellis. “With this dynamic mix of players, we are looking forward to the environment and to finishing off the year on a winning note.”

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Rapinoe’s return brings her back into the U.S. national team fold for the first time since September, when she attracted international attention by kneeling during the national anthem in an act of solitude. She has since said that she plans to continue kneeling.

Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who has been in camp before but remains uncapped, was also called up.

U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd will miss the two matches for her wedding.

The U.S. women will play Romania on Nov. 10 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (10 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and Nov. 13 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (9:30 p.m. ET on FS1).

[MORE: Tobin Heath still making the most of her opportunities with USWNT]

Full USWNT roster for November

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), 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), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)


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