U.S. women kick off year with 26 players in January camp

U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis called in 26 players for the first training camp roster of the year that begins Saturday at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

The two-week camp ends Jan. 21 when the USA faces Denmark in San Diego (4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN). The first big test will come with the SheBelieves Cup in March. The important date: Concacaf qualifying in October for the 2017 Women's World Cup.

The squad in Carson will include 20 NWSL players, three foreign-based players, including Emily Sonnett, who is on loan from the Portland Thorns to Sydney FC in Australia, and three collegians.

Uncapped trio. All 26 players trained with the USA in 2017, though the squad includes three uncapped players: Adrianna Franch, the goalkeeper for the 2017 NWSL champion Portland Thorns, and two collegians, Stanford sophomore Tierna Davidson and South Carolina senior Savannah McCaskill.

Both Davidson and McCaskill got their first taste of camp life with the senior team when they were held over for the January 2017 camp following the U-23 camp in Carson.

A third collegian in the team, Stanford's Andi Sullivan, has seven senior caps and would have had more but for a knee injury that sidelined her for the first eight months of 2017.

Absentees. Three players who would have been in camp are dealing with injuries: Tobin Heath (ankle), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Rose Lavelle (hamstring).

The most notable absentees are national team veterans Ali Krieger and Sydney Leroux, both members of the 2015 World Cup championship team.

U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis: "We're expecting a competitive and highly energized camp in Los Angeles as we start this important year for the team. We have a few injuries, so we won't have 100 percent of our core together, but this stretch of testing, training, and a competitive match will provide a good platform to begin 2018."

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4):
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0)
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns; 0/0)
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0)
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0)

DEFENDERS (9):
Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0)
Tierna Davidson (Stanford Univ.; 0/0)
Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0)
Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns; 73/3)
Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals; 104/2)
Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals; 135/0)
Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0)
Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 7/0)
Emily Sonnett (Sydney FC/AUS; 12/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Brian (Lyon/FRA; 69/6)
Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14)
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 43/4)
Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 246/98)
Allie Long (Portland Thorns; 33/6)
Andi Sullivan (Stanford Univ.; 7/0)

FORWARDS (7):
Crystal Dunn (Chelsea/ENG; 57/22)
Savannah McCaskill (Univ. of South Carolina; 0/0)
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80)
Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 96/44)
Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6)
Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 129/34)
Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)

2 comments about "U.S. women kick off year with 26 players in January camp".
  1. Chance Hall, January 4, 2018 at 12:47 p.m.

    OK, I just don't get it. Or maybe Jill and US Sccer don't get it.  Or is it that Hope Solo is not healthy yet.  Why is she not included in this roster??? They (Jill & US Soccer) should want the BEST goalkeeper at this camp.  Or are they just still embarrassed about how badly she was treated???   

  2. Donal Mahon, January 20, 2018 at 2:42 a.m.

    What happened to Ellis' search for new talent last year?  Still no Ashley Sanchez, a stuning lack of ball handling and creativity (and numbers) at midfield.  Klingenberg is not an effective defender at the NWSL level; Taylor Smith is all speed, no read; Allie Long lost here starting position with the Thorns but is once again in National Team camp; and Lynn Williams is another example of all speed, no read.  Ellis has bought into the NWSL program of developing physical players with little ocncern for their technical skills and no concern for their ability to read the game.  Seems Ellis and US Soccer have yet to learn the lessons of the last SheBelieves Cup.  And ditto with Chance Hall although I believe that Franch has the ability to become an outstanding goalkeeper if given the opportunity.  The most up side and fewest holes in her game for thsi group.

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