[USA WOMEN] UCLA midfielderSam Mewis was called up to the U.S. women's national team for its three-game series against Canada and Russia. Mewis, one of four players who spent the fall season in the college ranks joins older sister Kristie on the team, marking the first time sisters have played together on the full national team since 1998 when identical twins Lorrie (120 career caps) and Ronnie Fair (3 caps) played together.
Coach Tom Sermanni named a roster of 24 players for games Jan. 31 against Canada at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, Russia on Feb. 8 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton and Russia again on Feb. 12 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. He will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
"The players and staff are looking forward to playing matches," said Sermanni in statement. "We had productive training camps in December and January, but having three games in less than two weeks is a great opportunity for these players to continue to show their growth as individuals and as a team. This is the start of a year in which competition for places becomes much more critical, as does team performance and results."
With the exceptions of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, both of whom are still recovering from injuries, the USA will bring its full complement of regulars into these first matches of the year.
The roster includes the first and third overall picks in the 2014 NWSL College Draft -- Crystal Dunn going No. 1 to the Washington Freedom and midfielder Julie Johnston at No. 3 to the Chicago Red Stars -- Virginia's Morgan Brian, the Soccer America Player of the Year, and the 6-foot Sam Mewis, who helped UCLA to its first NCAA title last fall.
-- All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster. FC Kansas City has the most players with five.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3):Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyreso), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8):Morgan Brian (Univ. of Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyreso), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)