Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Eilis called in 28 players -- 20 who went to the Women's World Cup and eight others from the NWSL, Europe and the college ranks -- for four matches in December.

The Victory Tour concludes Dec. 16 at the Superdome in New Orleans in the final game for retiring Abby Wambach, the world's all-time leading international scorer with 184 career goals in 252 caps.

Two players are getting their first call-ups: NWSL Rookie of the Year Danielle Colaprico and and Rose Lavelle, a junior midfielder at Wisconsin.

2015 Victory Tour:
Dec. 6: USA-Trinidad & Tobago in Honolulu (8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1)
Dec. 10: USA-Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio (9 p.m. ET, ESPN)
Dec. 13: USA vs. China, Glendale, Arizona (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
Dec. 16: USA vs. China, New Orleans 8 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1)

"It has been a fantastic and thrilling year and we are looking forward to ending it on a high note, and especially honoring Abby and her legendary career in New Orleans," said Ellis. "T&T and China are very competitive teams and once again we'll look to these games to continue the process of preparing for Olympic qualifying, especially now that we know our path during the qualifying tournament in February."

Three other members of the 2015 Women's World Cup team have already retired: Lauren Holiday, Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny.

U.S. Women's Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC).
DEFENDERS (10): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia).
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Univ. of Wisconsin), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC).
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (Paris SG/France), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached).
2 comments about "Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time".
  1. Gus Keri, November 25, 2015 at 10:22 a.m.

    Has Crystal Dunn become a defender suddenly? Or is this only to generate some comments?

  2. John Soares, November 25, 2015 at 1:04 p.m.

    Dunn has played right defender many times. Including for the USWNT.

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