USWNT: Ellis names 26 candidates for SheBelieves Cup

U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis named 26 players to her preliminary roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup that begins March 1.

Preparations begin with a national team camp that opens Monday in Orlando. Ellis will take 23 players to the SheBelieves Cup, where the USA will face Germany, France and England.

2018 SheBelieves Cup schedule:
March 1 in Columbus, Ohio
England vs. France (4 p.m. ET)
USA vs. Germany (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2)
March 4 in Harrison, N.J.
USA vs. France (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2)
Germany vs. England (3 p.m. ET).
March 7 in Orlando, Fla.
France vs. Germany (4 p.m. ET)
USA vs. England (7 p.m. ET on ESPNews)

New in the team. The surprise was the first call-up for UCLA junior Hailie Mace, who was the Bruins' leading scorer in 2017 with 15 goals and 33 points and will compete for a spot as a defender on the national team. The first-team All-American played as a defender with UCLA as a freshman and sophomore as well as with the U.S. U-23s.

Back in the team.  Rose Lavelle, who was recovering from a hamstring injury, and Ashley Hatch, the 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year, are the only other players who did not attend the January camp that ended with a 5-1 win over Denmark in San Diego.

The missing. Three national team regulars are out as they recover from injuries: captain Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Tobin Heath (ankle). Sauerbrunn had been called into the January camp but withdrew after tests on her foot.

Two Portland Thorns players who attended the January camp were not called back in: Adrianna Franch, 2017 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year and Concacaf Goalkeeper of the Year, and Meghan Klingenberg.

International brigade. Crystal Dunn (Chelsea) and Morgan Brian (Lyon) will remain in Europe with their clubs during training camp in Orlando. Emily Sonnett and Hatch will join the camp from Australia, where Sydney FC will face Melbourne City FC Sunday in the W-League 2018 Grand Final at Sydney's Allianz Stadium.

Ellis on bringing in 26 players: "We had a productive training camp in January and a quality performance against Denmark to open the year, so the goal in the training portion of this camp is to refine our roles and relationships within our style of play. We will again have the majority of our core players back in and we'll have the numbers to be able to play 11v11 before finalizing the tournament roster."

U.S. national team roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 14/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 1/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 0/0), Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals FC; 105/2), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 8/0), Emily Sonnett (Sydney FC, AUS; 13/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 58/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 44/4), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 7/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 247/98), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 8/0)
FORWARDS (8): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 58/23), Ashley Hatch (Melbourne City FC, AUS; 1/0), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 135/81), Christen Press (Houston Dash; 97/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 30/8), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 130/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 16/4).
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals

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1 comment about "USWNT: Ellis names 26 candidates for SheBelieves Cup".
  1. beautiful game, February 15, 2018 at 3:06 p.m.

    "SheBelives" Cup...call it anything else and return to earth, please!!!

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