January 24, 2014
Sermanni selects 24 for three-game southern swing
CHICAGO-- U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a roster of 24 players for a three-game, three-week road trip to open the USA’s 2014 schedule.
|WNT and Boston Breakers defender Kristie Mewis will be joined by her younger sister Samantha on the roster for the USA’s upcoming friendlies against Canada and Russia.
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Eighteen players will suit up for each of the three matches, beginning January 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (9 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). The team then travels to Florida to face Russia on February 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton (3:30 p.m. ET), followed by a quick trip to Atlanta to play Russia again on February 12 at the Georgia Dome (7:30 p.m. ET).
"The players and staff are looking forward to playing matches," said Sermanni. "We had productive training camps in December and January, but having three games in less than two weeks is a great opportunity for these players to continue to show their growth as individuals and as a team. This is the start of a year in which competition for places becomes much more critical, as does team performance and results."
All the players named to this roster participated in the USA's early January camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. With the exceptions of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, both of whom are still recovering from injuries, the USA will bring its full complement of regulars into these first matches of the year.
The roster includes the first and third overall picks in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, with defender Crystal Dunn going No. 1 to the Washington Freedom and midfielder Julie Johnston at No. 3 to the Chicago Red Stars.
Sermanni also gave a first roster spot to rising UCLA senior Samantha Mewis, who helped the Bruins to the NCAA title last fall. The six-footer is the younger sister of current U.S. WNT defender Kristie Mewis. The sisters played together on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Team and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Team, but this is first time they are on a full U.S. Women's National Team roster together.
Beginning with this series of matches, veteran US defender Rachel Buehler will play with her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced "van HALL-ah-beck").
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)