USWNT roster for SheBelieves Cup includes seven players who will be making tournament debut

After four days of training in Orlando, U.S. national team head coach Jill Ellis named her final 23-player roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup against No. 2 ranked Germany, No. 3 England and No. 6 France.

SheBelieves Cup:
March 1: USA vs. Germany in Columbus, OH
March 4: USA vs. France in Harrison, NJ
March 7: USA vs. England in Orlando, FL

The roster includes seven players who will be taking part in their first SheBelieves Cup, which launched in 2016.

For four of the seven defenders -- Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Sofia Huerta and Taylor Smith -- it will be their first SheBelieves Cup. Three other players -- first-year pros Andi Sullivan and Savannah McCaskill and Megan Rapinoe -- will be playing in their first SheBelieves Cup.

The three players on the preliminary roster in Orlando who did not make the 23-player roster are Rose LavelleAshley Hatch and Hailie Mace, who was participating in her first national team camp.

Crystal Dunn, who has been in England with Chelsea for the past year, will join the USA in Columbus, site of the opening doubleheader on Thursday.

“We have an experienced and hungry group of players who are excited to take on a big rival,” said Ellis. “The players relish the opportunities to play the absolute best teams in the world and after a really productive week of training in Florida, we’re ready for the unique challenges that each of these teams will present.”

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0)
DEFENDERS (7): 7-Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 14/0), 17-Tierna Davidson (Stanford Univ.; 1/0), 14-Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals; 105/2), 2-Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), 22-Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 8/0), 16-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns; 13/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Lyon, FRA; 69/6), 8-Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 58/15), 9-Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 44/4), 10-Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 247/98), 20-Allie Long (Seattle Reign; 33/6), 3-Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): 19-Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 58/23), 21-Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 135/81), 23-Christen Press (Houston Dash; 97/44), 11-Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 30/8), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 130/34), 12-Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 16/4)
In parentheses are caps and goals.
2 comments about "USWNT roster for SheBelieves Cup includes seven players who will be making tournament debut".
  1. Wooden Ships, February 24, 2018 at 7:21 a.m.

    Question of style of play. Lavelle is a surprise to not be there. 

  2. Nick Gabris, February 25, 2018 at 12:07 p.m.

    Same old, same old, staus quo! Mark my words, Ellis will only play her favorites as per her limited college coaching mentality of the game. Lavelle? Nothing will change for the future of this team until we have a coach that can handle this level of the game.

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