Twenty-one NWSL players have been called in by head coach Jill Ellis for the U.S. women’s national team’s first training camp of the year, beginning Jan. 6 in Carson, California, U.S Soccer announced Wednesday. Twenty-six players in total will be in for the camp, which will end with a match vs. Denmark in San Diego on Jan. 21 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Two potential high draft picks in the upcoming 2018 NWSL College Draft are also on the roster: midfielder Andi Sullivan (Stanford) and forward Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina). Both could be two of the top picks on Jan. 18 in Philadelphia. (The Spirit hold the first pick and the Breakers hold the second.) Sullivan has seven USWNT caps and McCaskill has yet to make her international debut.
Red Stars midfielder Julie Ertz is back in camp for the first time since being named 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year.
Thorns defender Emily Sonnett, who was called in to the USWNT’s last camp of 2017, has been called in again. She is currently playing in the W-League in Australia for Sydney FC. Fellow Thorns defender Meghan Klingenberg is back in camp for the first time since appearing for the U.S. vs. Sweden and Norway last summer.
Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, the 2017 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, is one of three uncapped players on the roster (along with McCaskill and Stanford’s Tierna Davidson). The other goalkeepers on the roster are Jane Campbell (Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Pride) and Alyssa Naeher (Red Stars).
Morgan Brian, who recently signed with Olympique Lyon after playing for the Red Stars and Dash last season, has also been called into camp.
U.S. Soccer said that Thorns midfielder Tobin Heath (ankle), Rose Lavelle (hamstring) and Sam Mewis (knee) are not on the roster because of injuries, though Lavelle will be in Carson for light training and rehab.
Next up for the USWNT after the game vs. Denmark is the SheBelieves Cup in March vs. Germany, England and France.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):
DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC; 73/3), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 104/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 135/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 7/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 43/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 246/98), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 7/0)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 57/22), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; 0/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 96/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 129/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)