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Hinkle returns to USWNT for Tournament of Nations

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Jaelene Hinkle is back in camp with the United States women’s national team for the first time in over a year, joining the squad for the upcoming Tournament of Nations. U.S. Soccer made the news official on Wednesday with the announcement of a 25-player training-camp roster ahead of the event.

Hinkle was last called up to the U.S. in June 2017, but she soon thereafter withdrew from consideration, citing personal reasons. Last month, she confirmed that the team’s decision to wear rainbow numbers during Pride Month — June — went against her religious beliefs. On the field, Hinkle has been almost indisputably the best American left back in the National Women’s Soccer League.

EXTRA: What Hinkle’s call-up means for her — and for U.S. Soccer

Also returning to the U.S. after varying stints away from the team – and for different reasons – are goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielder Rose Lavelle and forwards Kealia Ohai and Amy Rodriguez. Sofia Huerta is among the notable absences from the squad.

“This is again an opportunity to host and play against some of the world’s best teams,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “We will see different styles and scenarios, which for sure will benefit us down the line, but ultimately our players love to compete and they are driven to win medals. Outside of our injured players, the core of our team has been together since January and even with just a few days of prep, this group will be excited and ready to get back on the field together against Japan.”

From July 26-August 2, the U.S. will play Australia, Brazil and Japan, possibly their toughest remaining tests between now and the 2019 World Cup.

Two of the 25 players will not make the final roster for the tournament. Veteran defender Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielder Rose Lavelle are among the players who have been dealing with longer-term injuries.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 29/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 19/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 8/0), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage; 8/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 139/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 17/0)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 75/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 61/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 51/5), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 8/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 254/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 36/7), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 2/0)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 64/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 133/19), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 142/86), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; 3/1), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 100/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 137/37), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)

2018 Tournament of Nations Schedule

Date Matches Stadium City Kickoff TV
July 26 Brazil vs. Australia Children’s Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 3:15 p.m. CT
July 26 USA vs. Japan Children’s Mercy Park Kansas City, Kansas 6 p.m. CT FS1
July 29 Japan vs. Brazil Pratt & Whitney Stadium East Hartford, Conn. 4:15 p.m. ET
July 29 USA vs. Australia Pratt & Whitney Stadium East Hartford, Conn. 7 p.m. ET  FS1
Aug. 2 Australia vs. Japan Toyota Park Bridgeview, Ill. 4:45 p.m. CT
Aug. 2 USA vs. Brazil Toyota Park Bridgeview, Ill. 7:30 p.m. CT FS1
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