August 29, 2014
HEADING TO SUMMER CAMP
Ellis calls up 28 players
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York.
This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names the 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship being held in Kansas City, Kan., Bridgeview, Ill., Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pa. from Oct. 15-26.
"It's no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we're looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship," Ellis said.
The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing for Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting arriving on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive in camp on Sept. 7 after weekend games with the University of Virginia.
Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season, where several players won postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher, Goalkeeper of the Year; Becky Sauerbrunn, Defender of the Year; and Julie Johnston, Rookie of the Year.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (University of Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)