[USA WOMEN] U.S. women's national team head coach Tom Sermanni named 21 players for the trip to Toronto to face Canada
June 2 in the first meeting between the teams since the epic semifinal match at the 2012 Olympics. The game at BMO Field has long since been sold out, and it will be broadcast live on ESPNews
(kickoff: 4:30 p.m.).
Sermanni named 15 players currently playing in the NWSL, four players who are playing in Europe and two rising college seniors (Crystal Dunn and Julie Johnston).
The match marks the return to the U.S. roster of midfielder Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Jill Loyden, both of whom have recovered from broken bones (shoulder and hand, respectively) suffered at the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal.
The match is part of U.S. Soccer's centennial celebration weekend that includes the USA-Germany men's game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., kicking off the same afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET (TV: ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas).
The notable absentee from the Canada game will be Megan Rapinoe, whose French Lyon will play for the UEFA Women's Champions League title against Wolfsburg on Thursday in London and St. Etienne in the French Women's Cup final. (Lyon has already clinched the league title with a 21-0-0 record.)
"It's always an important match when you play a neighbor, and with the strong contingent of Canadian players in the new league and how close the competition has become between the two countries over the past few years, there's an intensity about this game far greater than a typical international friendly," said Sermanni in a statement. "I know our players are really looking forward to the match and to the crowd, but also to getting back together as a national team and continuing to evolve in a positive direction."
The USA has not lost to the Canadians since March 2001.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash).<br