promised changes in the composition of the U.S. women's national team roster for friendlies against Switzerland Oct. 19 in Sandy, Utah, and Oct. 23 in Minneapolis. She also promised
to look at new players from the NWSL. And she did it in numbers: Just 10 of the 18 2016 Olympians were retained, and 11 of the 24 players are uncapped, eight from the NWSL and three from the college
"Right now, we are in a phase where we want to try to expand the player pool, look at a number of players and start the long process to qualifying for the next World Cup," said
Ellis. "That means several of our more experienced players won't be in for this camp while we get to evaluate some different personnel. In order to see if these players can contribute, we need to get
them into a national team training environment and in games."
The uncapped players include 2016 NWSL MVP Lynn Williams
, who has led the Western New York Flash to the league final
Sunday against the Washington Spirit. The Flash was the only NWSL with a representative on the U.S. 18 at the Rio Olympics, but it has three players in Ellis' team for the Switzerland friendlies:
(an Olympic alternate), her former UCLA teammate, Abby Dahlkemper
, and Williams.
"Our staff has been watching NWSL games this season and
these are the ones that stood out," said Ellis. "The league is vitally important to create a tremendous competitive environment for these players to show their talents as professionals and we are
excited to give them a chance with the National Team."
The collegians are Jane Campbell
and Andi Sullivan
from Stanford and BYU's Ashley Hatch
, the leading NCAA
Division I women's scorer.
The eight players not called in include Hope Solo
, who is suspended, Whitney Engen
, who said Ellis told her she no longer fits in her plans, and
18-year-old Mallory Pugh
, who is preparing for the Under-20 Women's World Cup. Alex Morgan
, Meghan Klingenberg
and Julie Johnston
were all starters at the Rio Olympics,
while Megan Rapinoe
and Ali Krieger
had reserve roles. U.S. Roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):
(Stanford Univ.), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars). DEFENDERS (7):
Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt
Mathias (Seattle Reign), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns). MIDFIELDERS (8):
(Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Sam Mewis (Western New
York Flash), Andi Sullivan (Stanford Univ.). FORWARDS (6):
Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Ashley Hatch (BYU), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press
(Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash).