In the last camp before she is expected to name her 18-player roster for the Olympics, U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis has called in 25 players, all but three playing in the NWSL. The
training camp begins May 27 in Denver ahead of two June matches against Japan, their first meetings since the 2015 Women's World Cup final.
Back with the team for the first time in 2016
are longtime captain Christie Rampone
and Gina Lewandowski
, who recently helped Bayern Munich defend its Frauen-Bundesliga. Portland Thorns keeper Adrianna Franch
of Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle
were last in camp in January.
Rampone, whose 311 caps are second all-time behind Kristine Lilly
's 354, has not played for the USA since
September during the Victory Tour. Since recovering from knee surgery, she has played in all five NWSL matches for Sky Blue FC but would be considered a longshot to make the Olympic 18.
Ellis said the extra players will give the team a chance to scrimmage during the camp that begins before the first game against Japan at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
are going with a slightly larger roster for this camp than the last few, so internally we can play in more 11v11 training scenarios," she said. "My staff and I have been watching the league play, and
now we get to evaluate them back together. Both environments are important."
Missing from the camp are two 2015 Women's World Cup starters recovering from knee injuries: Carli
and Megan Rapinoe
. Lloyd's injury is less serious than Rapinoe's, and the U.S. co-captain is expected to be ready for the Olympics.
If Rapinoe doesn't return, the other
17 spots on the Olympic roster will then in all likelihood come from the 21 players on the Denver camp roster who have been with the USA for all or most of the year. Of those 21 players, 13 would be
considered locks to go to Rio. SCHEDULE.
The June 2 match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park is sold out -- three U.S players (Lindsey
, Mallory Pugh
and Jaelene Hinkle
) hail from the Denver area -- and almost 19,000 tickets have been sold for the game on June 5 at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium.
U.S. Women's Roster: GOALKEEPERS (4):
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red
Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign). DEFENDERS (10):
Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg
(Portland Thorns FC), 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 (Portland Thorns). MIDFIELDERS (7):
Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Univ. of Wisconsin), Allie
Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City). FORWARDS (4):
Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride),
Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado).