June 2, 2014
U.S. WOMEN PREPARING FOR FRANCE
26 players called for duty
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the training camp roster in preparation for two games against France, ranked fourth in the world by FIFA, on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
"Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are," said Ellis, who was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women's National Team history on May 16. "Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool."
Three players return to the roster after extended absences, ranging from two months in the case of Kristie Mewis, who has recovered from an ankle injury, to much longer for forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx
Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is reporting for training and evaluation only and will not play in the matches after giving birth to a daughter in late February. Boxx is back on the roster for the first time since March of 2013
The availability of Morgan will be determined pending an evaluation by the team's medical and performance staff. Recovering from an ankle injury, she 44 goals in 70 matches but has not appeared for the USA since November of 2013.
The roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women's Soccer League clubs, with Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg returning to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden reach the UEFA Women's Champions League championship game. Tobin Heath's French club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7, while Sarah Hagen will complete her run with Bayern Munich on June 8. The only non-professional on the roster is college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.
The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014. The U.S. is ranked No. 1 in the world by FIFA.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)