The first three matches of 2014 are drawing close for the U.S. WNT and head coach Tom Sermanni has released the official 24-player roster today after the nation’s best completed two training camps in Dec. and Jan.
“The players and staff are looking forward to playing matches,” Sermanni told USSoccer. “We had productive training camps in December and January, but having three games in less than two weeks is a great opportunity for these players to continue to show their growth as individuals and as a team. This is the start of a year in which competition for places becomes much more critical, as does team performance and results.”
The first match will be against Canada on Jan. 31 at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX, followed by two games against Russia: the first on Feb. 8 in Boca Raton, FL and the second on Feb. 12 in Atlanta, GA.
Fans can expect to see the usual team regulars on the roster with the exception of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Tobin Heath, both of whom are recovering from injuries.
Some interesting additions to the roster include first and third 2014 NWSL College Draft round picks Crystal Dunn and Julie Johnston. Dunn, who notched her first national team cap last year, will be graduating from UNC and joining Washington Spirit. Johnston was picked up by the Chicago Red Stars.
College Cup standout Samantha Mewis has been added to the roster for her first time, after helping UCLA to the 2013 College Cup Championship title last December. This will be the first time that both Mewis sisters are on the U.S. WNT team together.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)