March 22, 2016
Ellis names USWNT roster for Colombia matches
CHICAGO -- U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has named 23 players for training camp in preparation for friendly matches against Colombia. The USA will train in Orlando, Fla., for six days before meeting the Colombians at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn., at 7 p.m. April 6 (FS1) and at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., at 2 p.m. ET April 10 (ESPN).
The USA and Colombia last met in a Women's World Cup Round of 16 clash, the USA winning, 2-0, in Edmonton on goals from Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd on June 22.
More than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the match in East Hartford, approaching the WNT attendance record of 18,870 for the state of Connecticut, set Oct. 23, 2012 in a 2-2 draw with Germany. The game in Chester, 30 miles from the hometown of U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), is sold out.
The roster, which will be cut to 18 for the games, features 21 players who helped the USA win the 2016 SheBelieves Cup this month. The USA defeated England (1-0), France (1-0) and Germany (2-1). Forward Alex Morgan scored against France and Germany to win the Golden Boot and was awarded the Golden Ball as the top player in the six-game competition. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper. Forward Crystal Dunn scored the game-winner against England and midfielder Samantha Mewis scored the winning goal against Germany.
Ellis has added Portland Thorns midfielder Allie Long, who earned four caps in 2014, and 17-year-old forward Ashley Sanchez, captain of the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team, who earned her first senior team call-up. Sanchez, who plays with the So Cal Blues, recently helped lead the USA to a berth in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, scoring five goals over five games in CONCACAF qualifying in Grenada, the USA defeating Canada, 5-0, in the semifinal and then downing Mexico, 2-1, in the title game.
"We don't have that many international matches before the Olympics, so every game takes on increased importance as far as the performance of the players, the evolution of the relationships among the positions and the overall growth of the team," Ellis said. "Most of the players will be coming in from NWSL pre-seasons, so we expect everyone to be sharp and we are looking forward to the challenges that a team like Colombia will present as we continue our Olympic preparations."
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position:
• GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
• DEFENDERS (8): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 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), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
• MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 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), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City)
• FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues)