• Friday Jan 30, 2015

    U.S. women’s roster named for European tour

    Alex Morgan (#13) was named to the USA's roster for its February tour of Europe. (Photo: Mexsport)

    CHICAGO – United States women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis named a 24-player roster for a 13-day trip to Europe that includes friendlies against France (February 8 in Lorient and England (February 13 in Milton Keynes). 

    Highlighting the selection are forwards Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan, winners of the 2014 and 2013 CONCACAF Player of the Year awards, respectively.  Morgan scored both of the USA’s goals in a 2-2 draw with the visiting French in their last meeting on June 19, 2014. 

    The Americans will miss the services of injured regulars Megan Rapinoe (knee) and Christie Rampone (back), while goalkeeper Hope Solo is serving a suspension. 

    After finishing last year with a 16W-5D-3L record and a CONCACAF Women’s Championship title, these will be the USA’s first matches of 2015.

    NOTES: The USA’s group for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup consists of  Australia, Sweden and Nigeria … the U.S. has never lost to France in 16 all-time meetings (14W-2D-0L) … the U.S. is unbeaten in eight of 11 all-time matches with England (7W-1D-3L).

    UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
    (International friendlies: February 8, 2015, away v France; February 13, 2015, away v England) 

    GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)

    DEFENDERS: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)

    MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)

    FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)

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