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 Lavelle
, Ashley Hatch
and Hailie Mace
, who was participating in her first national team camp.
, 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):
(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.