United States international Megan Rapinoe (#15) has ended her tenure with French club Lyon and will be available to Seattle Reign for the entire 2014 NWSL season. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – United States women’s national team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a roster of 24 players on Friday for the first three games of the squad’s 2014 schedule.
The Americans will play their first match of the year on January 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. They will then face Russia in two straight encounters on February 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida, and on February 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
“The players and staff are looking forward to playing matches,” said Sermanni. “We had productive training camps in December and January, but having three games in less than two weeks is a great opportunity for these players to continue to show their growth as individuals and as a team. This is the start of a year in which competition for places becomes much more critical, as does team performance and results.”
With the exceptions of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, both of whom are still recovering from injuries, the full complement of regulars will be available these season-opening matches.
The inclusion of Samantha and Kristie Mewis marks the first time sisters were named to the same U.S. senior squad since 1998, when identical twins Lorrie (120 caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together. The Mewis’ were on both the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup teams.
Also, for the first time, defender Rachel Buehler will play using her married name on the back of her jersey. Buehler, who was married in November 2012, will now go by Rachel Van Hollebeke (pronounced “van HALL-ah-beck”).
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
(International friendlies: January 31 – February 12, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö/Sweden), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (University of Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign), Christen Press (Tyresö/Sweden), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)