• Saturday Jun 25, 2016

    U.S. women’s training camp roster named

    Christen Press (pictured), the NWSL's leading scorer with four goals, was named to an upcoming USA training camp roster. (Photo: Mexsport)

     

    CHICAGO – United States women's national team head coach Jill Ellis named Thursday 24 players to a training camp roster ahead of a July 9 international friendly against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago.

    The game will mark the first meeting between the sides and will be the USA's second-to-last match before departing to Brazil for the Olympic Games. The World Cup champion will also host Costa Rica on July 22 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

    "We're looking forward to finalizing our Olympic roster," said Ellis. "We have been evaluating players since our Victory Tour last year, so we are anticipating a great camp and finishing that process. It's exciting to play a new opponent and South Africa instantly has our respect for earning an Olympic berth from Africa."

    Twenty-two players of the players were on the USA’s roster for a pair of early June friendlies against Japan, but co-captain Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are expected to return after suffering knee injuries.

    The USA is 12W-1D-0L in 2016, scoring 47 goals and conceding only four.

     

    ROSTER

    GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

    DEFENDERS: Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (Bayern Munich/Germany), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

    MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City)

    FORWARDS: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)

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