U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis
named a 24-player roster that will enter training camp for matches against Russia April 6 in Frisco, Texas and April 9 in Houston.
Ellis recalled veteran midfielder Megan Rapinoe
, who has not played for the USA since September 2016, and Amy Rodriguez
and Meghan Klingenberg
, two other players from the 2015
Women's World Cup championship team who trained with the USA before the 2017 SheBelieves Cup in March but did not make the tournament roster.
Nineteen players are holdovers from the
2017 SheBelieves Cup in March. Boston Breakers defender Megan Oyster
gets her first call-up while Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai, who earned her first three caps at the end of 2016, is back
in the team. Julie Johnston
won't be available for these matches due to her wedding and honeymoon.
"This is our last chance to get together before the NWSL starts and
we'll take full advantage of the training time as well as the two matches against a team in preparation for the European championships," said Ellis. "Following these matches, my staff and I will begin
a heavy investment in attending and evaluating the NWSL games as well as tracking our players overseas before we get back together for our European trip in the summer. I'm very much looking forward to
our domestic league starting." U.S. Roster: GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando
Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars). DEFENDERS (6):
Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers),
Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars). MIDFIELDERS (8):
Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose
Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Man. City/ENG), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign). FORWARDS (7):
Crystal Dunn (Chelsea/ENG),
Alex Morgan (Lyon/FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage).