International news: Erceg back with New Zealand; Nielsen named to Denmark roster
Abby Erceg will return for New Zealand's March friendly vs. Scotland
Courage defender Abby Erceg in action for North Carolina in 201. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/
Courage defender Abby Erceg in action for North Carolina in 201. (Photo credit: Andy Mead/

North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg is back with the New Zealand national team.


Erceg announced her retirement from international soccer last year, but last week said she is coming out of retirement and will rejoin the national team. On Monday, New Zealand officially named her to the roster for their upcoming friendlies vs. Scotland.


“Alrighty, I’m gonna give this another go. After much thought, discussion, negotiating and time away, the time is right to step back in,” she wrote in a post on Twitter

Erceg will be joined on the roster for the March 4 and 7 games by fellow NWSL players Katie Bowen (Utah Royals FC) and Rebekah Stott (Sky Blue FC).

In February 2017, Erceg wrote in a post on Instagram, “Due to the unfortunate and unfavourable circumstances within the organisation that is [New Zealand Football], it is with regret and great sadness that today is the day that I announce my retirement from the international game. Without being able to justify my involvement any longer I will be stepping back in the hopes to create change for the current and future generations of [New Zealand] footballers.”



Former Seattle Reign FC defender Rachel Corsie was named to Scotland’s roster for the match. Former Reign midfielder Kim Little, who returned to Arsenal’s bench over the weekend but did not play, was not called in by Scotland for the match. She is recovering a torn ACL suffered last May.



The Algarve Cup is just around the corner, and the rosters for that tournament have started to be released.


Denmark shared their squad on Monday, and new Reign defender Theresa Nielsen has been called in for the tournament. The Reign announced the signing of Nielsen on January 31. Former Thorns forward Nadia Nadim, who is now with Manchester City, is also on the roster.


Denmark finished second in the Euro 2017 tournament. They’ll be joined in the Algarve Cup by Australia, Norway, Korea Republic, Portugal, Sweden, Canada, China, Russia, Netherlands, Japan and Iceland.


The tournament will take place from February 28 to March 7.



The SheBelieves Cup is also taking place in March and one of the team’s involved released their roster on Monday as well.


Germany named their 23-player roster ahead of the tournament. They’ll face the United States, England and France from March 1 to 7.


France won the SheBelieves Cup in 2017.

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