Ellis names 24-player training camp roster ahead of April friendlies
The USWNT faces Australia on April 4, Belgium on April 7
Ali Krieger makes her return to a U.S. women's national team training camp. (Photo credit:  Roy K. Miller/isiphotos.com)
Ali Krieger makes her return to a U.S. women's national team training camp. (Photo credit: Roy K. Miller/isiphotos.com)

U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has named the training camp roster prior to a pair of upcoming friendlies against Australia and Belgium in April. All 24 players on the roster are from the NWSL, including number one overall draft pick for the Chicago Red Stars, Tierna Davidson.

The USWNT will hold a six-day training camp in Santa Barbara, Calif. before the two friendlies. The team will face Australia in Commerce City, Colo. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on April 4, then head to Los Angeles to play Belgium at the Banc of California Stadium on April 7.

Forward Alex Morgan of the Orlando Pride will get another chance to crack 100 career goals in April. Morgan scored her 99th goal for the USWNT during the SheBelieves Cup against Japan.

The Pride’s Ali Krieger is back on a USWNT roster for the first time since the 2017 Tournament of Nations. Krieger, who has 98 caps for the national team, last appeared on April 6, 2017 in a friendly against Russia as a second-half sub.

In a Q&A shared on the U.S. Soccer site, Ellis addressed Krieger’s return to the national team. “I spoke with Ali and she’s excited to come into camp and help this team in any way she can. Opportunities, however they transpire, are exactly that, and Ali has been a great pro and will no doubt lean on her experience and strengths when she comes back into this environment. Recently, she has been training with her club in the outside back position and with the potential to add depth on the right side, it was good timing to bring Ali into this camp to join the other six defenders.”

U.S. Soccer reported that defender Kelley O’Hara of Utah Royals FC was not available for selection for the training camp due to an ankle issue, but midfielder Lindsey Horan of Portland Thorns FC has returned after missing the SheBelieves Cup with a quadriceps injury.

Note: On Monday, March 25, goalkeeper Jane Campbell of the Houston Dash was added to the roster. Adrianna Franch suffered a minor knee injury during the NWSL preseason, but will still report to training camp for evaluation.

U.S. WNT Roster – Australia & Belgium Friendlies (Club; Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash),  Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 20/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 41/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 35/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 17/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 80/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 98/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 153/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 30/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 77/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 64/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 23/6), Allie Long (Reign FC; 40/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 45/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 146/27), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 269/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 6/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 158/99), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 111/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 48/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 149/43)

April friendlies schedule

USWNT vs. Australia
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
April 4, 9:00 p.m. ET
FS1

USWNT vs. Belgium
Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, California
April 7, 9:00 p.m. ET
ESPN2

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