U.S. WNT Roster Released for 2014 Algarve Cup
U.S. WNT Roster Released for 2014 Algarve Cup avatar

Head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 24-player roster for the 2014 Algarve Cup when the U.S. WNT will travel to Portugal March 5-12.

Klingenberg sees herself back in the squad. (ISI Photos/Thomas B. Shea)

Klingenberg sees herself back in the squad. (ISI Photos/Thomas B. Shea)

The U.S. will enter the tournament undefeated so far this year, opening against Japan March 5 for Group B. They will take on Sweden next on March 7 and close out group play against Denmark on March 10.  The Americans are the reigning Algarve Cup champs, with nine total titles under their belt.

This time around, 15 of last years tournament players adorn the roster, including many of the usual suspects. Forward Alex Morgan, who scored a brace in the 2013 Algarve Cup final to defeat Germany, will not play however, due to an ankle injury. Defender Crystal Dunn also will not make an appearance as she recovers from as ankle injury as well.

Some players will join the team later than usual due to international duty. This includes midfielder Tobin Heath, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, Sarah Hagen from Bayern Munich and Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg- all coming from Sweden.

Sarah Killion (R) had a standout year with UCLA. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Sarah Killion (R) had a standout year with UCLA. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Three rookies have been called up as well to try and make their mark with the U.S. national team oversees. Midfielder Morgan Brian has been blazing a path to the top and has earned a spot on the roster following her second career goal against Russia Feb. 13. UCLA standouts Samantha Mewis and Sarah Killion are two fresh faces that will make the trip as well.

“The group we’re in at the Algarve Cup will probably be the most significant test since I’ve come aboard and a different kind of challenge as we will be playing teams that have the belief and aim to come out to attack us and beat us,” said Sermanni. “The dynamics of these games will be different than some of the more recent matches, and that’s something that we want, that we need and that the players are looking forward to.”

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (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 (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

About Courtney Lambert

A competitive athlete in her college days, Courtney writes on events happening at state and local level. She has previous experience covering news and writing for the Jacksonville Times Union and graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in journalism.
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2 Responses to U.S. WNT Roster Released for 2014 Algarve Cup
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  1. Scott says:

    Courtney is this the first time since Tom Sermanni became coach that Tobin Heath is on his 24 player roster? Tobin Heath is a wonderful talent!!!

    • Hi Scott,

      This is Heath’s first time back with the U.S. since June 2013…definitely a good little hiatus, but like you said- very talented and sure to kick butt in the Algarve Cup!

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