Ellis calls in 23 NWSL players for U.S. games in Portugal and Scotland
The United States will take on Portugal on Nov. 8 and Scotland on Nov. 13
(Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)
(Photo credit: Daniel Bartel/isiphotos.com)

U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 24-woman roster that will travel to Portugal and Scotland early next month for a pair of road friendlies on November 8 and 13. U.S. Soccer announced the roster on Friday and it features 23 NWSL players. Ellis will name 18 players to the gameday roster for each match.

Chicago Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico, North Carolina Courage forward Jessica McDonald and Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan are among the players named to the roster. Seattle Reign FC midfielder Allie Long is back after dealing with a right knee sprain at the end of the NWSL season.

It’s Colaprico’s first call-up since October 2016. She and Portland Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch are two of three uncapped players on the roster, alongside University of North Carolina sophomore Emily Fox. McDonald was last called up for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup and Sullivan was most recently called in for friendlies in April 2018.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 18/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 37/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 28/0), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 73/24), Emily Fox (University of North Carolina; 0/0), Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 147/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 71/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 61/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 18/6), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 40/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 10/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 263/105), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 151/97), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 41/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 144/41)

The United States will face Portugal on Nov. 8 at Estadio António Coimbra da Mota in Estoril (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and then Scotland on Nov. 13 at The Simple Digital Arena in Paisley (2 p.m. ET, FS1 & UDN). They’ll be the first road games for the U.S. since June 2017 in Sweden and Norway and the final two games of the 2018 calendar year.

Earlier this week, U.S. Soccer announced that Utah Royals FC defender Kelley O’Hara would miss the trip to Europe after undergoing ankle surgery. She will be out 8-12 weeks.

The United States and Scotland have both qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Earlier this week, Scotland announced their roster for the game vs. the United States. It will feature Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie — but will not feature former Seattle Reign FC midfielder and 2014 NWSL MVP Kim Little, who suffered a broken fibula earlier this month.


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