No Press on USWNT roster for Mexico friendlies

U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis named 22 players to the preliminary roster for two friendly matches against Mexico in April.

USA vs. Mexico:
April 5: at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. (7 p.m. ET; FS1, UDN).
April 8: at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (1:30 p.m. ET; Fox).

Of the 22 players picked, 20 were at the SheBelieves Cup, which the USA won earlier in March. Back with the team are defender Becky Sauerbrunn, who missed January training camp and the SheBelieves Cup due to a foot injury, and forward Ashley Hatch, the 2017 NWSL Rookie of the Year with the North Carolina Courage.

Missing are Taylor Smith (coach's decision) and Julie Ertz (knee injury) and Christen Press, who is without a team. Press was traded to the Houston Dash in January but did not join the team.

"At this point," said Ellis, "Christen is in the process of securing a club team. We've had several conversations and she understands our expectations are that a consistent training and match environment for a professional is an important factor for selection into women's national team rosters. Since the SheBelieves Cup, our professional players returned to preseason training with their clubs and have had multiple scrimmages in preparation for the opening weekend. I am certain that once Christen transitions to a new team, she will embrace being back on the pitch and will help her team be successful."

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0).
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 17/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 4/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 4/0); Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals; 107/2), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals: 135/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns; 15/0).
MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Brian (Lyon, FRA; 72/6), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 47/4), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue; 250/98), Allie Long (Seattle Reign; 35/6), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 9/0).
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 60/23), Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 1/0); Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 4/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 138/81), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 33/9), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 133/35), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 19/4).
7 comments about "No Press on USWNT roster for Mexico friendlies".
  1. R2 Dad, March 21, 2018 at 7:41 p.m.

    So Davidson and Sonnet, who were both meh (at best) last match, get called back. Oddly, at the USWNT v England match, USSF rated her: U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Tierna Davidson. Davidson:5'-10". Smith: 5'-3". Sonnet: 5'-7". Is this Ellis committing to a 3-5-2?

  2. John DiFiore, March 21, 2018 at 9:19 p.m.

    Sounds like she's being punished for not wanting to go to Houston...

  3. Richard T. Lynch replied, March 21, 2018 at 10:17 p.m.

    Agree.  Seems to me Wambach, refusing to play for any club during the last year of her career, and much past prime, was still allowed to play for the USWNT.   Why can't a much younger and more valuable Press also be allowed to play for the national team while she sorts out her club options?  We've seen this type of negative reinforcement from Ellis before.  Don't like it.  Unless it is written in their contracts that they must be actively on a club team to play for the national team.  Inquiring minds would like to know. 

  4. uffe gustafsson, March 21, 2018 at 9:55 p.m.

    So does that mean she is not getting paid by us federation. Maybe go back to Europe again to play.
    this is a bit bizarre? 

  5. John Soares, March 22, 2018 at 6:27 a.m.

    It does sound a bit strange and leads to ( as above) speculation. Ellis, obviously  has the  authority to choose her players, but more honesty/transparency would be a nice addition......Not that it  would stop speculation.

  6. James Madison, March 22, 2018 at 8:06 p.m.

    What is "meh?"

  7. Wooden Ships replied, March 22, 2018 at 10:28 p.m.

    Meh, is unimpressive, average at best, so so, can certainly do better, etc., etc.

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