Chicago, IL – U.S. interim head coach Jill Ellis has named 22 players to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will travel to Winnipeg, Canada, for the May 8 match at Investors Group Field. The group features Red Stars rookie defender Julie Johnston, as well as incoming forward Christen Press, who recently helped Tyresö of Sweden advance to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory this past weekend against Birmingham of England in the second leg of the semifinal series.
Johnston has had a superb start to her National Women’s Soccer League career, playing all minutes in the Red Stars first two matches of the season, and adding a goal and a defensive shutout thus far in one win and one loss. The 22 year-old Mesa, Arizona native was selected with the #3 overall pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft. She was the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2012 after captaining the U.S. Under-20 National Team to a World Cup championship. She made her senior team debut on February 9, 2013, in a friendly against Scotland.
Press, a 25 year-old, Palos Verde, California native started the year leading the national team with 3 goals in 3 matches. She has appeared over 20 times with the senior team, dating back to 2012. She is set to join the Red Stars after competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final on May 22 in Portugal.
The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and espnW.com at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local).
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster 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)