Ellis names 23 NWSL players to USWNT SheBelieves Cup roster
The SheBelieves Cup begins on February 27
The 2019 SheBelieves Cup will feature the United States, England, Japan and Brazil. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)
The 2019 SheBelieves Cup will feature the United States, England, Japan and Brazil. (Photo credit: Brad Smith/isiphotos.com)

U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-woman roster for the SheBelieves Cup, which begins on February 27. All 23 players are from the NWSL. The U.S. will play its first game on February 27 vs. Japan in Philadelphia, followed by games vs. England (in Nashville) and Brazil (in Tampa).

The U.S., England, Japan and Brazil are all ranked in the top ten in the world. The tournament is a key test for the four Women’s World Cup bound teams ahead of this summer.

This year’s No. 1 overall pick by the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL College Draft, defender Tierna Davidson, is among those named to the roster. Red Stars midfielder Danielle Colaprico, who earned her first two caps at the end of 2018, and North Carolina Courage forward Jessica McDonald, who scored her first goal in November of 2018, are also on the roster.

U.S. Soccer said Portland Thorns FC midfielder and 2018 NWSL MVP Lindsey Horan is unavailable due to a quadriceps injury.

In addition to the 23 on the roster, four more players will be part of the training camp that will be held in Tampa prior to the tournament: goalkeeper Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), defender Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage), midfielder Allie Long (Reign FC) and defender Emily Fox (University of North Carolina).

U.S. Soccer also announced that all U.S. games will be broadcast in the U.S. on FS1 or FOX, and the other three games will stream on ussoccer.com. (Full schedule below)

U.S. WNT 2019 SheBelieves Cup Roster (Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 40/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 32/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 14/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 77/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 151/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 28/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 74/18), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 21/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 43/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 143/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 266/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 155/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 108/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 45/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 146/41)

SheBelieves Cup Full Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 27 | Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

  • England vs. Brazil | 4 p.m. ET | ussoccer.com
  • USA vs. Japan | 7 p.m. ET | FS1

Saturday, March 2 | Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

  • Brazil vs. Japan | 2 p.m. ET | ussoccer.com
  • USA vs. England | 4:30 p.m. ET | FOX

Tuesday, March 5 | Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

  • Japan vs. England | 5:15 p.m. ET | ussoccer.com
  • USA vs. Brazil | 8 p.m. ET | FS1
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