Interim head coach Jill Ellis (pictured) named a 22-player roster for the United States women's national team friendly at Canada later this month. (Photo FIFA via Getty Images)
CHICAGO – United States women’s national team interim head coach Jill Ellis on Wednesday named a 22-player roster for a May 8 international friendly against host Canada.
It will be the second match of 2014 between the CONCACAF rivals and is slated to be played in Winnipeg at Investors Group Field, one of six venues that will be used for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“With World Cup qualifying in less than six months, each game against a quality opponent is significant for this group, but no question playing Canada in Canada stirs the emotions and gives it greater meaning,” said Ellis. “We have been scouting the NWSL games, and we have some injuries, so I think the roster is indicative of some of the top performers playing in the league at the moment. I am looking forward to getting the group to Winnipeg and having a few days of prep before the match.”
The selection is comprised of 18 players currently in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as well as Sweden-based Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg. On Sunday, the trio helped Tyresö advance to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory over England’s Birmingham City. Press scored two goals in a winning effort.
The U.S. opened its 2014 campaign with a 1-0 win over Canada on January 31 in front of 20,862 fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Sydney Leroux scored the game’s only goal and the Americans improved to 47-5-3 (w-d-l) all-time against its northern neighbor.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
(International friendly: May 8, 2014 away v Canada)
GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö/Sweden), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö/Sweden), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (University of Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (Western New York Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign), Christen Press (Tyresö/Sweden), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)