USWNT: Women's World Cup 2015 champion Ali Krieger earns recall

Women's World Cup 2015 champion Ali Krieger, who has not played for the USA in almost two years, was recalled for matches against Australia and Belgium in April in place of injured right back Kelley O'Hara.

U.S. Schedule:
April 4: Australia in Commerce City, Colo.
April 7: Belgium in Los Angeles.

The 34-year-old Krieger, who has 98 caps, started for the USA at right back in its run to the 2015 world championship but has since dropped behind O'Hara and Emily Sonnett on the U.S. depth chart. O'Hara is out with an ankle injury.

After starring at Penn State, Krieger moved to Germany. Her play with FFC Frankfurt resulted in her first national team call-up in 2008. She has played all six seasons in the NWSL, the first four with the Washington Spirit and last two with the Orlando Pride.

“I spoke with Ali and she’s excited to come into camp and help this team in any way she can," said U.S. head coach Jill Ellis. "Opportunities, however they transpire, are exactly that, and Ali has been a great pro and will no doubt lean on her experience and strengths when she comes back into this environment. Recently, she has been training with her club in the outside back position and with the potential to add depth on the right side, it was good timing to bring Ali into this camp to join the other six defenders.”

Midfield star Lindsey Horan returns to the roster after missing the 2019 SheBelieves Cup due to a quad injury.

Other changes: Veteran Ally Long is back in the team while University of North Carolina defender Emily Fox is out. Fox was a late call-up for the SheBelieves Cup after Danielle Colaprico had to withdraw after suffering a re-aggravation of a groin injury sustained while playing for Sydney FC in Australia’s W-League.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 20/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 41/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 35/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 17/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 80/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 98/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 153/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 30/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 77/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns; 64/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 23/6), Allie Long (Reign FC; 40/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 45/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 146/27), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 269/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 6/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 158/99), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 111/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 48/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 149/43)
Note: In parentheses are caps and goals.
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