Heather O'Reilly, shown above in a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup match against Colombia, was named to the United States roster for a September 2014 training camp. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)
CHICAGO – United States women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis announced Friday the names of 28 players invited to a training camp prior to a pair of international friendlies against Mexico on September 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on September 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.
This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in four cities across the United from October 15-26.
“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”
The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on September 5, while the combined eight players from Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City competing in Sunday’s National Women’s Soccer League Championship Game arriving on September 8.
USA WOMEN’S ROSTER ROSTER
(Training camp & international friendlies v Mexico: September 5-18, 2014)
GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (University of Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)