Breaking: Ellis Names Roster for New Zealand Friendlies


Jill Ellis has named 22 players to the roster for two friendlies between the U.S. Women’s National Team and New Zealand.

Carli Lloyd is recovering from an ankle injury and will miss the two matches. Other notable absences include Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, and Sydney Leroux.

Tobin Heath, Rose Lavelle, Morgan Brian and Ashlyn Harris all return to the roster after recovering from various injuries. Megan Rapinoe is also available for selection after recovering from a knee injury suffered in the Tournament of Nations.

Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta will once again train with the team as U.S. Soccer pursues a change of association with FIFA.  If the change is approved, Huerta will immediately be eligible to play with the USWNT.

If she makes an appearance in either of the two matches, Kelley O’Hara will become the 36th player in USWNT history to reach 100 caps.


U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsay Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

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