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