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October 6, 2016
Five Chicago players join USWNT for Switzerland friendlies

Five Chicago Red Star players have been called into U.S. Women's National Team camp for two friendly matches against Switzerland. Coach Jill Ellis named 11 uncapped players, including Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico and defenders Arin Gilliland and Casey Short. Also called in were Red Stars captain Christen Press and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

Colaprico, who spent time in WNT camps last year and the beginning of this year, was the ninth pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft. Colaprico, a holding midfielder, was named NWSL Rookie of the Year in leading the Red Stars in minutes last year and has totaled two goals and two assists in 41 games in two seasons.

Gilliland, a right back who was the eighth pick in the 2015 NWSL draft, played 19 matches (17 starts), joining Colaprico on the NWSL Second XI last year. Gilliland and Short, a left back, helped the Red Stars lead the league with eight shutouts.

Short, drafted fifth overall in 2013 by the Boston Breakers, missed two seasons with injuries, returning to play for Avaldsnes IL in the Norwegian Toppserien, helping the team to second place and being named to the Top XI team. Short, 26, scored two goals during regular season and had an assist on a Press goal against the Washington Spirit in the semifinals.

“Our staff has been watching NWSL games this season and these are the ones that stood out,” Ellis said. “The league is vitally important to create a tremendous competitive environment for these players to show their talents as professionals and we are excited to give them a chance with the national team.”

Press led the Red Stars with eights goals in 14 regular-seasons games, posting the league’s best goals-per-game average (0.57). Press has tallied 35 goals in 76 appearances for the U.S. Naher has earned eight U.S. caps, totaling four shutouts.

The U.S. and Switzerland will play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, at 9 p.m. ET Oct. 19 (ESPN2) and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., at 2:45 p.m. MT Oct. 23 (FS1).

"Right now, we are in a phase where we want to try to expand the player pool, look at a number of players and start the long process to qualifying for the next World Cup," Ellis said. "That means several of our more experienced players won't be in for this camp while we get to evaluate some different personnel. In order to see if these players can contribute, we need to get them into a national team training environment and in games."

The USA roster:

• GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Stanford), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

• DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

• MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)

• FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Ashley Hatch (BYU), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)

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