March 20, 2015
LINING UP FOR HOME COOKING
USA roster set for 4 friendlies
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has chosen 25 players to train at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. for a week before traveling to St. Louis for the USA's first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium. Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for that game.
The roster includes the same 25 players who were in Portugal earlier this month as the USA won the 2015 Algarve Cup, the program's 10th title at the annual tournament, defeating France 2-0 in the championship game. The roster includes two St. Louis natives, Becky Sauerbrunn, who was an All-American at Ladue High School and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year and Lori Chalupny, who was an All-American at Nerinx Hall High.
The USA's training camp will take place from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis, where it will train for three days before facing New Zealand.
"Having the initial training period in L.A., when we can go a bit harder, and then tapering into the match in St. Louis will be excellent preparation for a New Zealand team that always gives us a highly competitive game," said Ellis. "They are aggressive, athletic and like to press. We'll see some similar tendencies that we could see in our first group match at the World Cup and certainly the crowd will be tremendous. It will be nice to be back at home."
The match against the Kiwis begins a four-game run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup that includes three Send-Off Series games in May.
The U.S. women will begin the series against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. From there, the USA will travel down the coast to face fellow CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, May 17 at StubHub Center in Carson.
After a short break, the U.S. team will head to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against South Korea on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N. J.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), 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 (Unattached)