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Davidson, O’Hara, Zerboni return to USWNT after injuries

Photo Copyright Lewis Gettier for The Equalizer

Tierna Davidson, Kelley O’Hara and McCall Zerboni are all back with the United States women’s national team for January camp in Europe after each missing the end of 2018 due to injuries.

Davidson broke her ankle while playing with Stanford University in September, while Zerboni shattered her elbow during a U.S. friendly against Chile that same month. O’Hara underwent ankle surgery in October to fix a lingering issue. All three will return to the U.S. for January training camp, which begins on Saturday in Portugal. The U.S. will play away against France on Jan. 19 (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1) and against Spain on Jan. 22 (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & UDN).

Midfielder Morgan Brian is back with the team after being left off the roster for November’s away matches against Portugal and Scotland. Chicago Red Stars teammate Danielle Colaprico also returns to the team after earning her first caps in those November games. Midfielder Allie Long is not on the January roster in a move that The Equalizer understands to be a matter of giving other midfielders more time to be evaluated. Colaprico is making a late push for a World Cup roster spot, and Brian is trying to prove she has regained her form.

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University of North Carolina fullback Emily Fox is also back with the team after making her senior international debut against Portugal in November. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell is with the U.S. for the first time since April 2018.

The U.S.’ 19-day camp in Europe replaces the traditional January camp in Los Angeles as head coach Jill Ellis looks to assimilate her team to Europe ahead of the World Cup in France.

Roster by Position – January Camp (Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 38/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 30/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 12/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 75/24), Emily Fox (UNC; 2/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 149/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 26/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 81/6), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 73/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 62/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 20/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 41/8), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 7/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 265/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 3/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride;153/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 43/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 145/41)

EXTRA: Will Dahlkemper or Davidson emerge as the second starting center back?


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