[USA WOMEN]U.S. women's national team interim head coach Jill Ellis named 22 players for the game May 8 against Canada in Winnipeg, Canada at Investors Group Field, one of six venues that will be used for the 2015 Women's World Cup. Ellis has given a first senior team call-up to Portland Thorns defender Nikki Marshalland also called in her Portland teammate, Allie Long, who is uncapped.
"With World Cup qualifying in less than six months, each game against a quality opponent is significant for this group, but no question playing Canada in Canada stirs the emotions and gives it greater meaning," said Ellis in a statement. "We have been scouting the NWSL games, and we have some injuries, so I think the roster is indicative of some of the top performers playing in the league at the moment. I am looking forward to getting the group to Winnipeg and having a few days of prep before the match."
The roster includes 18 players currently in the NWSL, in addition to all three Americans -- Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg -- who helped Tyreso of Sweden advance to the UEFA Women's Champions League final and rising college senior Morgan Brian, the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at Virginia.
The Canada-USA game will be shown live on ESPN3 and espnW.com at 8 p.m. ET.
GOALKEEPERS (3):Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9):Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6):Morgan Brian (Univ. of Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)