Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Tobin Heath, and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke are among 25 players who have been called into USWNT training camp by head coach Jill Ellis, the Thorns and U.S. Soccer announced Friday.
The camp will take place from March 23 to March 30 in Carson, California, and the trio will miss the Thorns training camp and preseason matches in Tucson, Arizona. The Thorns are scheduled to face FC Tucson Women on March 25 and the University of Arizona Wildcats on March 28 at Kino Sports Complex.
Morgan, 25, recently passed the 50 international goals mark during a friendly in England on February 13, and added another during the Algarve Cup match against Switzerland on March 6 and has made 6 starts for the national team in 2015.
Heath, 26, has made four appearances, two starts, with the national team in 2015. While her scoring has tailed off thus far in 2015, she helped lead the USWNT to the CONCACAF Women's Championship with 2 goals and 2 assists in October, and the final of the 2014 Tournament of Brazil, where she finished with 1 assist.
Van Hollebeke, 29, made her first appearance with the national team since April 2014, starting and playing a full 90 against Iceland during the Algarve Cup on March 9, which ended in a scoreless draw.
The United States will host New Zealand on April 4 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The trio will then return to Portland to prepare for the Thorns season opener against the Boston Breakers on April 11 at Providence Park.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), 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 (Unattached)
Portland Thorns Press Release-
MORGAN, HEATH, VAN HOLLEBEKE NAMED TO U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER FOR TRAINING CAMPThree Thorns FC players to join United States for training camp in Los Angeles
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Tobin Heath and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke were named to the 25-player U.S. Women’s National Team roster for a training camp in Los Angeles, it was announced today.The training camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis and continue preparations before facing New Zealand on April 4, at Busch Stadium; kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. (Pacific). The match will be shown live on FOX Sports 1. Head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 players to the game day roster.Morgan, 25, appeared in 14 matches (13 starts) for Thorns FC after during the 2014 NWSL season, recording six goals and four assists. The U.S. Women’s National Team forward has appeared in all six matches (all starts) for the United States in 2015, scoring two goals and recently reaching the 50-goal career milestone in a 1-0 win over England on Feb. 18.Heath, 26, made five appearances (all starts) for Thorns FC during the 2014 regular season. The U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder has appeared in four matches for the United States in 2015, making two starts. Heath appeared in three matches at the Algarve Cup, helping the United States claim the tournament championship.Van Hollebeke, 29, appeared in 12 matches (9 starts) during the 2014 regular season with Thorns FC. The U.S. Women’s National Team defender played in her first match for the United States since April 2014, starting and logging 90 against Iceland at the Algarve Cup.