Midfielder Danielle Colaprico and forward Jessica McDonald are among a handful of players making their way back onto the scene for the U.S. women’s national team ahead of its November friendlies against Portugal and Scotland.
McDonald returns to the national team after a stellar 2018 campaign with the North Carolina Courage. She won the NWSL Championship MVP award, scored 10 goals and tallied a league-leading eight assists. She’s the type of forward that the U.S. does not have right now in a No. 9 position that lacks depth beyond starter Alex Morgan. This is McDonald’s first call-up since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.
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Colaprico is back with the U.S. for the first time since October 2016 after an impressive season with the Chicago Red Stars. The midfielder’s return to the team comes as U.S. coach Jill Ellis aims to look at depth in certain positions; Colaprico remains uncapped. Midfielder McCall Zerboni is out injured with a broken elbow, and Morgan Brian has been left off the most recent U.S. roster in a coach’s decision after a challenging 2018. Brian is expected to return to the team in January, when the U.S. will again travel to play in Europe.
Allie Long and Andi Sullivan are also back in the mix to compete for time in the midfield.
The most surprising addition to the team is University of North Carolina sophomore Emily Fox, who is earning her first senior national team call-up. Fox played in the last two U-20 World Cups and enters into the ongoing search for answers at fullback. Fullback Kelley O’Hara and center back Tierna Davidson are each injured.
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The U.S. will play at Portugal on Nov. 8 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and at Scotland on Nov. 13 (2 p.m. ET, FS1) in the team’s final matches of the calendar year.
U.S. WNT Roster by Position – Portugal-Scotland Tour ’18 (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 18/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 37/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 28/0), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 73/24), Emily Fox (UNC; 0/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 147/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 71/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 61/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 18/6), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 40/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 10/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 263/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 151/97), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 41/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 144/41)
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