U.S. CALLS UP FIVE FC KANSAS CITY PLAYERS

Hagen Joins Roster with Barnhart, Holiday, Sauerbrunn and Rodriguez

CHICAGO (June 2, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the training camp roster in preparation for two games against the world’s fourth-ranked women’s national team France on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

“Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are,” said Ellis, who was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on May 16. “Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool.”

Several players return to the roster after extended absences ranging from two months in the case of Kristie Mewis, who has recovered from an ankle injury, to much longer in the case of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.

Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is coming in for training and evaluation only and will not play in the matches as she mounts her comeback after having a daughter in late February. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Boxx makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.

The availability of Morgan for the matches will be determined pending an evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff of her progression toward international play. Morgan, who is at the tail end of her recovery from an ankle injury, has 44 goals in 70 matches, but has not appeared for the USA since November of 2013.

The roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women’s Soccer League clubs as Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg have returned to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden to the brink of the UEFA Women’s Champions League title. Tobin Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7 against Olympique Lyon. Forward Sarah Hagen will complete her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8 and then return to make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City. The only non-professional on the roster is rising college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.

Additional Notes:

·         Jill Ellis will name 18 players from the 26-woman roster to suit up for each match.

·         Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long gets her second WNT call-up after earning her first cap against Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg.

·         The U.S. Women’s National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.

·         The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014.

·         Two regulars are still injured and unavailable for selection in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (ankle).

·         U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has 70 shutouts, one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA’s all-time shutout list.

·         Amy Rodriguez comes into the camp tied for the NWSL lead in goals with eight in 10 games.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)

FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

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For Web:

UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM 

USA vs. FRANCE

June 14 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, Fla.

June 19 – Rentschler Field – East Hartford, Conn.

 

Players                           Pos.  Ht.       Birthdate   Hometown                     Club                               Caps/Goals

Barnhart, Nicole            GK   5-10     10/10/81    Gilbertsville, Pa.            FC Kansas City             54       

Boxx, Shannon               M      5-8       06/29/77    Redondo Beach, Calif.   Chicago Red Stars           186/27

Brian, Morgan                 M      5-7       02/26/93    St. Simons Island, Ga.     Ponte Verde Storm          11/2

Cox, Stephanie               D      5-6       04/03/86    Elk Grove, Calif.            Seattle Reign FC             87/0

Dunn, Crystal                 D      5-1       07/03/92    Rockville Center, N.Y.   Washington Spirit           9/0

Engen, Whitney              D      5-8       11/28/87    Rolling Hills Est., Calif.  Tyresö (Sweden)             17/1

Hagen, Sarah                 F       5-10     11/18/89    Appleton, Wis.               FC Kansas City             2/0

Harris, Ashlyn                GK    5-9       10/19/85    Satellite Beach, Fla.        Washington Spirit           2

Heath, Tobin                   M      5-6       05/29/88    Basking Ridge, N.J.        Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)      73/8

Holiday, Lauren            M      5-8       09/30/87    Indianapolis, Ind.           FC Kansas City             100/23

Johnston, Julie                M      5-7       04/06/92    Mesa, Ariz.                     Chicago Red Stars           2/0

Klingenberg, Meghan      D      5-2       08/02/88    Gibsonia, Pa.                  Tyresö (Sweden)             12/0

Krieger, Ali                     D      5-6       07/28/84    Dumfries, Va.                 Washington Spirit           46/1

Leroux, Sydney              F       5-7       05/07/90    Scottsdale, Ariz.              Seattle Reign FC             51/30

Lloyd, Carli                    M      5-8       07/16/82    Delran, N.J.                    WNY Flash                     171/50

Long, Allie                      M      5-8       08/13/87    Huntington, N.Y.            Portland Thorns FC         1/0

Mewis, Kristie                 M      5-7       02/25/91    Hanson, Mass.                Boston Breakers             15/1

Morgan, Alex                  F       5-7       07/02/89    Diamond Bar, Calif.       Portland Thorns FC         70/44

O’Hara, Kelley               F       5-5       08/04/88    Fayetteville, Ga.              Sky Blue FC                   45/0

O’Reilly, Heather            M      5-5       01/02/85    East Brunswick, N.J.       Boston Breakers             203/40

Press, Christen                F       5-7       12/29/88    P. V. Estates, Calif.         Tyresö (Sweden)             22/12

Rampone, Christie          D      5-6       06/24/75    Point Pleasant, N.J.         Sky Blue FC                   292/4

Rodriguez, Amy            F       5-4       02/17/87    Lake Forest, Calif.        FC Kansas City             109/27

Sauerbrunn, Becky        D      5-7       06/06/85    St. Louis, Mo.                FC Kansas City             59/0

Solo, Hope                      GK    5-9       07/30/81    Richland, Wash.             Seattle Reign FC             151

Wambach, Abby             F       5-11     06/02/80    Rochester, N.Y.              WNY Flash                     221/167

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Kristie Mewis(Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)

FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

 

Team Staff Head Coach: Jill Ellis (Miami)

Asst. Coach: Tony Gustafsson (Stockholm, Sweden)

Asst. Coach: Steve Swanson (Charlottesville, Va.)

Asst. Coach/GK Coach: Paul Rogers (Brighton, England.)

Strength & Fitness Coach: Dawn Scott (Newcastle, England)