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Heath, Long, Horan called up for September friendlies

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The latest USWNT roster was released today, ahead of two friendly matches against New Zealand slated for September 15 and 19. The Thorns’ Tobin Heath, Allie Long, and Lindsey Horan are all on the 22-woman roster.

Heath’s inclusion is rather inexplicable, as she got back to Portland only last week after spending the whole season rehabbing a back injury. Chicago’s Morgan Brian, Boston’s Rose Lavelle, and Seattle’s Megan Rapinoe are all also on the roster; Brian has been dealing with a nagging injury all season, and Lavelle returned to the field for Boston just last weekend after recovering from the last injury she sustained with the national team, back in June. Rapinoe made her first post-knee surgery appearance for the Reign last Saturday in the 78th minute of a match against Houston.

Cross your fingers that Heath stays sheathed in bubble wrap for the duration of the camp.

Here’s the full roster:

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars;18/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 13/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 7/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 51/9), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 99/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 129/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 13/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 3/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 67/6), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 131/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 37/3), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers; 6/2), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 30/5), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 28/5), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 123/33)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 54/22), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 128/74), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 90/43), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 26/5), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 10/2)

Match Information

When: September 15, 7 pm PT; September 19, 4:30 pm PT

Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO (September 15), Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH (September 19)

TV: ESPN2 (September 15), FS1 (September 19)