Interim head coach Jill Ellis has named her 22 player roster for the United States Women's National Team friendly against Canada on May 8, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Among those receiving the call is Portland Thorns midfielder Allie Long and defender Nikki Marshall.
Long, 26, earns her first call into senior national team camp since July 2010. While she has yet to make an appearance for the senior team, she has appeared at the U-20 and U-23 Women's National Teams. She has appeared in every match for the Thorns and is currently leading the Thorns with 3 goals in 3 matches, equaling her total from last season and is currently tied for second in the league for goals scored and is also tied for third in assists with 1.
Marshall, 25, receives her first call up since making appearances for both the U-20 and U-23 sides. She has appeared in every match for the Thorns this season and last, helping anchor a young back line as the only returning starter.
Long and Marshall will depart for Winnipeg on Sunday, following the match against Western New York and will return to the Thorns on Friday, May 9, prior to their match against rival Seattle Reign FC on May 10.
Injured Thorns forward Alex Morgan and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke were not called into camp while they recover, while Tobin Heath remains with Paris Saint-Germain in France.
Here is a full list of players called into camp, by position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
The Thorns' Press Release is below:
ALLIE LONG, NIKKI MARSHALL CALLED UP TO U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY
Midfielder and defender to join United States for match against Canada on May 8
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced that midfielder Allie Long and defender Nikki Marshall have been called up by the U.S. Women’s National Team for an upcoming international friendly against the Canada Women’s National Team on May 8.
Under interim head coach Jill Ellis, the U.S. Women’s National Team travels to face Canada on Thursday, May 8, at 5 p.m. (Pacific) at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Canada. The match will be broadcast live online on ESPN3 and espnW.com.
Long, 26, earns her first call into the U.S. Women’s National Team since July 2010, when she was named to the training camp roster for two matches against Sweden under former head coach Pia Sundhage. Representing the United States at the U-20 and U-23 levels during her career, Long has yet to earn her first international appearance with the senior national team.
A standout midfielder for Thorns FC, Long has started 25 consecutive matches for Portland, dating back to the inaugural 2013 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. A versatile player, Long has registered a goal in three straight matches to start the 2014 season, including a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over FC Kansas City on April 26.
Marshall, 25, earns her first call up to the U.S. Women’s National Team after representing the United States at the U-20 and U-23 levels. Marshall, who has started 25 consecutive matches for Thorns FC since 2013, earned Woman of the Match honors as she helped the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team win the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 2-1 victory over North Korea in Chile.
Appearing in every Thorns FC match across all competitions, Marshall has played 90 minutes in each of the first three games this season while helping direct a defensive line that includes two rookies. The Colorado native registered one assist in 2013 while helping Thorns FC win the inaugural NWSL Championship.
Both players are scheduled to depart for Winnipeg on Sunday, May 4, following Portland’s regular-season match at the Western New York Flash (May 3) and will return to the Rose City on Friday, May 9, ahead of Portland’s home match against Seattle Reign FC (May 10).