U.S. women at full strength for start of World Cup year

U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis has called in 26 players for her first camp of year leading up to the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.

Almost without exception, the 26 players in camp will be those who will contend for the 23 spots on the World Cup team, and no more than about 3-5 spots are up for grabs.

Who's not there. Only five players who started for the USA in 2018 aren't in camp, and they combined for only seven starts: Taylor Smith (3 games), Sofia Huerta (1), Allie Long (1), Hallie Mace (1) and Savannah McCaskill (1).

Who's back in. Tierna Davidson started most of last season at center back before being injured while playing for Stanford.  North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni also was injured (shoulder) and missed the Concacaf qualifying in October. Jane Campbell gets her first call-up since last April as the fourth goalkeeper.

-- Two players in camp earned their first two caps during the November trip to Europe: midfielder Danielle Colaprico, who has been playing in Australia during this NWSL off-season, and defender Emily Fox, who helped North Carolina reach the 2018 Women's College Cup final.

Algarve-bound. The USA will return to the Algarve region of Portugal but only to train. For years, it went in early March for the Algarve Cup, but this year it will be its European base for a training camp ahead of games against France Jan. 19 in Le Havre and Spain Jan. 22 in Alicante.

"It's a real positive to start the year with this training period in Portugal and then play two top teams in France and Spain away," said Ellis. "Finding ways to be successful against European teams in Europe is something every team in the World Cup will have to do to advance deep into the tournament, so this is an essential trip in our prep for the summer."

U.S. Roster:
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3/0)
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns; 0/0)
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0)
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 38/0)
Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 30/0)
Tierna Davidson (Stanford Univ.; 12/1)
Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 75/24)
Emily Fox (Univ. of North Carolina; 2/0)
Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals; 112/2)
Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals; 149/0)
Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0)
Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 26/0)
Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 81/6)
Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0)
Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 73/18)
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 62/7)
Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 20/6)
Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 41/8)
McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 7/0)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 142/25)
Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 265/105)
Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 3/1)
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride;153/98)
Christen Press (Utah Royals; 106/46)
Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 43/12)
Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 145/41)
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.

U.S. friendly schedule:
Jan. 19.
at France (in Le Havre)
Jan. 22.
at Spain (in Alicante)
Feb. 27.
Japan, SheBelieves Cup (in Chester, Pa.)
March 2.
England, SheBelieves Cup (in Nashville, Tenn.)
March 5.
Brazil, SheBelieves Cup (in Tampa, Fla.)
April 4.
Australia (in Commerce City, Colo.)
April 7.
Belgium (in Los Angeles, Calif.)
May 12.
South Africa, Send-Off Series (in Santa Clara, Calif.)
May 16.
New Zealand, Send-Off Series (in St. Louis, Mo.)
May 26.
Mexico, Send-Off Series (in Harrison, N.J.)

1 comment about "U.S. women at full strength for start of World Cup year".
  1. James Madison, January 6, 2019 at 12:01 a.m.

    I would have added Adni Sullivan.

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