Morgan Brian (white jersey), shown celebrating after scoring in a 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship match against Haiti, was named to the USA's roster for September 2015 friendlies against the Caribbean side. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – The United States women’s national team unveiled Friday a 24-player roster for friendlies against Haiti on September 17 in Detroit, Michigan, and September 20 in Birmingham, Alabama.
The selection consists of the entire 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning side, while head coach Jill Ellis has also added defender Crystal Dunn, the National Women’s Soccer League’s leading scorer with 15 goals. Forward Christen Press will miss the game in Alabama due to a family commitment.
"We are sincerely appreciative to Haiti for organizing their team to come for these two matches and they will enjoy the environments in Detroit and Birmingham," said Ellis, referencing the Haitians’ agreement to fill-in for Australia on short notice. "For us, it's another opportunity to get the group together, stay connected and focus on our performance as we continue to prepare for Olympic qualifying.
“Many of the players have had a short break since the end of the NWSL season and others will be coming out of the semifinals, so we'll take that all into account. We're looking forward to putting on entertaining matches for our fans to continue to celebrate the success this summer."
More than 31,000 tickets have already been sold for each of the encounters.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
(International friendlies: September 17, 2015, home v Haiti; September 20, 2015, home v Haiti)
GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
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), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (no club), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Western New York Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (no club)