U.S. women’s roster named for September friendlies

USA's Alex Morgan (pictured) scored two goals in four games at the 2016 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CHICAGO – United States women's national team head coach Jill Ellis named Thursday a 21-player roster for a pair of home friendlies against Thailand on September 15 in Columbus, Ohio, and the Netherlands three days later in Atlanta. 

The Thailand encounter will mark the final occasion in a U.S. uniform for midfielder Heather O'Reilly, who announced her retirement from international soccer last week. It will be 31-year-old O'Reilly's 231st cap earned in a career that began in 2002.

"These first two games will all be players who were at the Olympics and then in October, we'll really start to focus on the new cycle,” said Ellis. “One of the most important things in this first game against Thailand is to celebrate Heather O'Reilly's wonderful career and honor her with a send-off befitting her tremendous contribution to our program. I am certain the fans and our players and will make sure it's a very special day."

The matches will be the USA’s first since August 12, when it fell to Sweden 4-3 on penalty kicks, after a 1-1 draw in the quarterfinals of the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.


GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS: Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 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), 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), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

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