This morning US Soccer announced the 25 person roster; Heath, Horan, Klingenerg, Long and Sonnett were all selected to take part in the training camp from Feb. 20-27 ahead of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. Heath, Horan, Long and Sonnett were all called up in January, and are regular members of the National Team.
The return of Klingenburg to the roster is a relief, since this is her return to National Team duty since starting in the September 18th game against the Netherlands in Atlanta. She was out of the loop due to back injury in January, so hopefully her return to the roster signals an improvement in health.
The Thorns are the most represented team, with five players, at this camp. The Thorns also had five players at the last camp, but last time AD Franch was called up during January Camp. She was not called up again for this camp. Instead, it seems US Soccer has decided to try U23 starting goalkeepr Jane Campbell as the third keeper.
Ellis’s decision to call up several uncapped players, including Jane Campbell, Sarah Killion and Brianna Pinto indicates her continued interest in finding a deep and well crafted player pool.
Only 23 of the 25 called-up players will be taking part in the SheBelieves Cup Tournament that will go from March 1-7; US Soccer said that the final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup will be announced ahead of the tournament.
See the full 25 player roster below by position:
DEFENDERS (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
NWSL Press Release
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Allie Long, and defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Sonnett have been named to the 25-player U.S. Women’s National Team roster for a training camp from Feb. 20-27 ahead of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.
Taking place March 1-7, the United States opens the SheBelieves Cup against Germany (March 1) at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn.; kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (Pacific) on FS1 before squaring off against England on March 4 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. at 2 p.m. on FOX. Wrapping up the tournament, the United States plays host to France at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. on March 7 at 4 p.m. (Pacific) on FS1.
Heath (128 caps), Horan (30 caps), Long (20 caps) and Sonnett (12 caps) all participated in a month-long January training camp with the U.S. Women’s National Team from Jan. 13-23 in Carson, Calif. Klingenberg (70 caps) returns to camp for the first time since starting in a 3-1 win against the Netherlands on Sept. 18, 2016, in Atlanta.
The final 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup will be announced ahead of the tournament. The SheBelieves Cup features four of the world’s top-five ranked teams in the United States (1), Germany (2), France (3) and England (5). The winner of the tournament will be based on total points with the tiebreakers in order of: best goal differential, goals scored, head-to-head record and FIFA ranking.