October 27, 2016
RETURNING FOR ROMANIA
Ellis brings back USWNT veterans for year-ending matches
U.S. Women's National Team defenders Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg and Ali Krieger, plus midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Alex Morgan return to the roster in preparation for November matches against Romania, it was announced Thursday.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis named 24 players as the U.S. prepares for its final games of the year at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., at 7 p.m. PT Nov. 10 (ESPN2) and at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., at 6:30 p.m. PT Nov. 13 (FS1).
Ellis named 11 uncapped players to the roster for two victories over Switzerland this month, forwards Kealia Ohai and Lynn Williams scoring goals. Defenders Casey Short and Abby Dahlkemper, midfielder Andi Sullivan, plus Ohai and Williams, return. Two uncapped players have been called up: goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who has been in several camps, and Kristen Edmonds, who led the Orlando Pride with six goals. Defender Jaelene Hinkle of the NWSL champion Western New York Flash, who has earned eight caps, was also named.
"Our last training camp and games with Switzerland were extremely positive in regards to giving new players a chance to perform, continuing the process of deepening the player pool and fostering competition within the squad," Ellis said in a release. "With this dynamic mix of players, we are looking forward to the environment and to finishing off the year on a winning note."
• GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
• DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), 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), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
• MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)
• FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)