22 NWSL players named to USWNT roster for friendlies vs. Canada

Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch return to the national team, Ubogagu earns first call-up

NWSL highlights for the newest roster drop from the USWNT include Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch of the Portland Thorns, and a first call-up for Orlando's Chioma Ubogagu.

On Tuesday, U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis named her 23 player roster for two upcoming friendlies against Canada later this month, which features 22 players from the NWSL.

Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch, fresh off winning the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League Championship with Portland Thorns FC, both make their return to the national team. Sonnett has twelve caps for the USWNT, but her last was on Oct. 19, 2016 against Switzerland. Sonnett signed with W-League side Sydney FC during the NWSL offseason.

As for Franch, she was in national team camp this past January, but has yet to earn her first appearance for the USWNT. She’s coming off a stellar club season with the Thorns, keeping 11 clean sheets and she was voted the NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year.

Chioma Ubogagu got her first call-up from Ellis, and she will train as an outside back with the national team after seeing some time in that position with the Orlando Pride this season.

Finally, Portland’s Tobin Heath and North Carolina’s Taylor Smith are both back on the roster after they both missed the two Korea friendlies due to injuries.

The USWNT will square off against Canada in two friendlies to close out the 2017 calendar: first on Nov. 9 at BC Place in Vancouver (10 pm. ET on ESPN2) then on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose (9 p.m. ET on FS1). Of the 23 players called into camp for the friendlies, only 18 will be rostered for each of the two games.

The Canada roster is expected later this week, and will also include plenty of NWSL talent. The Canadian women’s national team is currently ranked fifth in the world, thanks in part to winning bronze at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The USWNT is 47-3-6 all-time against Canada.

Follow the NWSL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for coverage of the two friendlies – including live, on-site coverage from Avaya Stadium for the second match of the series.

 

 

 

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (4): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0)

DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 11/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 133/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 17/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 5/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0), Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride; 0/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 55/13), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 41/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 244/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 32/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 32/7), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 5/0)

FORWARDS (5): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 132/18), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 132/78), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 94/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 127/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 13/4)