Matches on Aug. 31 at StubHub Center and Sept. 4 at Avaya Stadium Will Be First Against Chile for U.S. WNT
CHICAGO – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named Red Stars Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz, Alyssa Naeher and Casey Short among 23 players to the training camp roster for two late summer friendlies against Chile, taking place on Friday, Aug. 31, Presented by Volpi at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (8 p.m. PT on ESPN2) and on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and UDN). Ellis and her staff will choose 18 players to suit up for each of the games.
These will be final matches before the USA enters the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October on a quest for a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Twenty of the players were a part of the U.S. roster that won this summer’s 2018 Tournament of Nations while forward Mallory Pugh and defender Kelley O’Hara return after recovering from long-term injuries. O’Hara, who has been capped 107 times, last played for the USA against France in March at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup while Pugh last played on April 8 against Mexico, a match in which she scored her 11th international goal.
UCLA senior Hailie Mace, who earned her first cap on April 8 vs. Mexico in a substitute appearance, was also named to the roster.
The NWSL players will arrive in camp in Los Angeles following their club matches on Aug. 25.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 32/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 22/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 10/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 1/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC: 107/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 141/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 20/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 77/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 64/16), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 54/6), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 11/3), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 257/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 37/7), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 5/0)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 67/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 136/20), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 145/90), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 103/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 35/11), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 140/38)
Chile Presents New Challenge
It doesn’t happen very often that the U.S. WNT faces a country it has never played before, but the two matches against Chile will be the first games between the countries in women’s soccer. Chile is also just the fourth South American team the USA has faced in its history, along with Brazil (35 games), Colombia (6) and Argentina (3). Chile will be the 52nd country the U.S. women have faced in full international competition.
Chile was a surprise qualifier to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, finishing second behind Brazil in the Final Stage of the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which it hosted last April, to earn its first FIFA Women’s World Cup berth. Chile played in front of large and boisterous crowds on home soil and emphatically clinched its spot in France with a 4-0 victory against Argentina.
“Our team is in a good place coming off the Tournament of Nations and this is a great time to get two games against a country that has already qualified for the World Cup. We’ve never played them before, but their style of play will be helpful in our final preparations for World Cup qualifiers. Our players are obviously deep into the chase for NWSL playoff spots, and they are coming off some intense games, so this will be a good chance to get the group together and share playing time before we come back together in October.”
World Cup Qualifying Kicks Off Oct. 4
The Final Draw for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship will be held Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. ET before the USA plays Chile at Avaya Stadium. Fans will be able to follow the Final Draw on Concacaf.com, Univision Deportes and Fox Sports in the United States, and Yahoo Sports in Mexico and Central America.The USA will then learn its Group A opponents for the World Cup Qualifying tournament that will be held from October 4-17 and determine this region’s three representatives at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.The USA will play its qualifying group games on Oct. 4, 7 and 10 at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. N.C. Ellis and her staff will choose 20 players for the final qualifying roster.
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