Julie Johnston (#8) was named to the USA's roster for a November 2016 training camp and international friendlies against visiting Romania. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
CHICAGO – United States women's national team head coach Jill Ellis named Thursday 24 players to a training camp roster ahead of matches – the last of 2016 -- against Romania on November 10 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, and November 13 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Ellis named 11 uncapped players to the USA's squad for international friendlies against Switzerland earlier this month and six of those earned their first caps, with two players -- forwards Lynn Williams and Kealia Ohai – netting their first goals. Of those six players, five return to this roster: Williams, Ohai, defender Casey Short, defender Abby Dahlkemper and midfielder Andi Sullivan.
In addition, five veterans of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup championship side, who were not called in for the games against the Swiss, are set to return: defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Ali Krieger, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Alex Morgan.
"Our last training camp and games with Switzerland were extremely positive in regards to giving new players a chance to perform, continuing the process of deepening the player pool and fostering competition within the squad," said Ellis. "With this dynamic mix of players, we are looking forward to the environment and to finishing off the year on a winning note."
The U.S. is 20W-3D-0L in 2016.
GOALKEEPERS: Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS: Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford University)
FORWARDS: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)