November 24, 2015
CLOSING THE TOUR
Ellis names roster for December friendlies
CHICAGO -- US Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has named her roster for the team's final four friendly matches of the year.
The 2015 Women's World Cup champions will take on Trinidad &Tobago on Dec. 6 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu and Dec. 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio before finishing one of the most successful years in program history with matches against China PR on Dec. 13 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, and Dec. 16 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The match in New Orleans will be the final game for retiring U.S. forward Abby Wambach, who is the world's all-time leading international scorer with 184 career goals in 252 caps.
Following the retirements of Lauren Holiday, Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny in October, 20 players from the Women's World Cup roster will be on the roster for the December matches.
Ellis also called in seven additional players who will train with the U.S. team during the trip and are available to play in the matches. Additional call-ups include 2015 NWSL MVP and leading scorer Crystal Dunn, who has scored three goals and added three assists for the USA while starting the last four matches of the Victory Tour. Danielle Colaprico, the NWSL Rookie of the Year and a midfielder from the Chicago Red Stars, and Rose Lavelle, a junior midfielder at Wisconsin, who was one of the top players for the USA at the 2014 Under-20 Women's World Cup, are getting their first senior team call-ups. Defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett, as well as forward Stephanie McCaffrey, return after earning their first caps in October in matches against Brazil. Rounding out the younger players on the roster are forward Lindsey Horan, who is currently playing in France for Paris Saint-Germain and earned her third cap on October 25 vs. Brazil.
U.S. Women's National Team roster by position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (PSG), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)