Today U.S. WNT interim head coach Jill Ellis released a 22-player roster for the May 8 match against Canada held at one of the six FIFA Women’s World Cup venues-Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.
The roster features 18 NWSL players including a first time call up for Portland Thorns FC defender Nikki Marshall. Three U.S. players that are committed overseas with Tyreso of Sweden: Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg, are also on the list for the match.
A slew of players are currently injured and off the pitch. Alex Morgan continues to sit out indefinitely with ankle woes and midfielder Kristie Mewis, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke join her with their own bumps and bruises.
Defender Crystal Dunn, who has been injured for the 2014 season thus far, is fully recovered and back in action, gracing the roster for the first time this year.
Virginia midfielder and 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian is also becoming a regular on the U.S. WNT call ups, boasting 10 caps already in her budding international career. Will there possibly be an 11th soon?
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris returns to the roster after an extended absence and Hope Solo will be pursuing the USA All-Time Shutout List, in which she is one save away from tying Briana Scurry with 70 saves.
Eighteen players will suit up against the Canadians. The last time the two teams met was January 1 for the U.S. season opener where the Americans defeated them 1-0.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)