U.S. women call up Virginia's Sonnett for Brazil series

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis called in eight players who were not part of the Women's World Cup for the matches against Brazil Wednesday in Seattle and four days later in Orlando.

Three players were called into their first women's national team camp: Western New York Flash rookie Jaelene Hinkle, University of Virginia senior Emily Sonnett and 30-year-old defender Gina Lewandowski, who has played in Germany since 2007 and plays for reigning German champion Bayern Munich.

Lewandowski won the UEFA Champions League title with Ali Krieger at FFC Frankfurt in 2008. They are the only Americans to win a UEFA Champions League title.

NWSL MVP and leading scorer Crystal Dunn was added to the roster for the USA's two September matches against Haiti and scored two goals with three assists over the two games.

Forward Lindsey Horan (two caps at the 2013 Algarve Cup) plays for Paris St. Germain. Samantha Mewis (three caps in 2014) was a NWSL Rookie of the Year finalist with the Flash in 2015. Christine Nairn (two caps and a goal in 2009 when she was 18) had five goals and four assists this past NWSL season playing alongside Dunn with the Washington Freedom.

Forward Stephanie McCaffrey, who started 17 of the 19 matches she played this past season with the Boston Breakers, previously trained with the USA during an extended training camp last January.

The Brazil games will be the final international matches for midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday and defender Lori Chalupny, all of whom announced their international retirements earlier in the year. Boxx will play her final match in Seattle while Holiday and Chalupny will play their final matches in Orlando.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (12): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (unattached), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Christine Nairn (Washington Spirit), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)
3 comments about "U.S. women call up Virginia's Sonnett for Brazil series".
  1. Gus Keri, October 19, 2015 at 8:13 a.m.

    I am glad to see "defender" of the year, Crystal Dunn, among them.

  2. R2 Dad, October 19, 2015 at 11:38 p.m.

    Time for Unattached to retire?

  3. Richard T. Lynch replied, October 20, 2015 at 10:01 p.m.

    She's not getting the message that Ellis is sending. Its too bad. Wish she'd go out gracefully on a high.

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