Rapinoe suffered a knee injury in December 2015 but recovered in time to make the 2016 Olympic team. She made two brief appearances at the Rio Olympics and came on as a sub in the first two friendly games after the Olympics. She did not play in the last four games of the year. Rapinoe drew national attention when she kneel during the playing of the national anthem before the game against Thailand in Columbus.
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Rapinoe was one of eight players called in for a camp in January but has not been called back. The others were goalkeeper Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), defender Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), midfielders Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride) and Christina Gibbons (Duke) and Taylor Smith (Western New York Flash) and forwards Jessica McDonald (Western New York Flash) and Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash).
Rapinoe's absence reflects the continued shuffling of the U.S. midfield since the 2015 Women's World Cup. Of the nine midfielders Ellis called up, only starters Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian and Tobin Heath were with the team in Canada two years ago.
1/2 I spoke to Ellis today abt Rapinoe not on roster. She said "We have lots of depth in wide areas w Pugh & Klingenberg back in the mix... https://t.co/2EsaDNaL1e— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) February 8, 2017
2/2: Ellis continued: "I told Megan she just needs time work her way back in & to get game fit. This is a marathon, not a sprint." #USWNT— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) February 8, 2017
Pinto, a high school junior, attended the U-23 camp in January and stayed on to train with the senior national team. She played for the USA at the 2016 Under-17 Women's World Cup.
The other uncapped players called in to the camp
that begins Feb. 20 in Orlando are goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielder Rose Lavelle -- both taken in the 2017 NWSL College Draft -- and midfielder Sarah
Killion, who was part of the team that won the 2012 U-20 Women's World Cup, along with Julie Johnston, Samantha Mewis and Crystal Dunn.
"January gave us a chance to see some new faces in with the veterans, and get some quality time on the training field," Ellis said. "A player's performance in that camp and positional depth guided our selection for this pre-camp, and from here we will select our SheBelieves Cup roster."
U.S. Women's Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies/ENG), Alex Morgan (Lyon/FRA), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage).
March 1 in Chester, Pa.
England vs. France (4 pm) | USA vs. Germany (7 pm on FS1)
March 4 in Harrison, N.J.
France vs. Germany (2:15 pm) | USA vs. England (5 pm on FOX)
March 7 in Washington, D.C.
Germany vs. England (4 pm) | USA vs. France (7 pm on FS1)
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