North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni has been called into camp for the U.S. women’s national team ahead of Sunday’s friendly vs. the Korea Republic in Cary, N.C. Sunday’s game will take place at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, Zerboni’s homefield with the Courage.
Zerboni joins the roster following a right hamstring injury to Spirit forward Mallory Pugh suffered on Thursday night in New Orleans. Additionally, Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan will return to college for a game this weekend. Zerboni puts the roster number at 19 with 18 players dressing for the game.
It’s the first call into USWNT camp for Zerboni, who has played professionally since 2009, following a college career at UCLA. She was named to the 2017 Best XI this year, her fifth season in the league. She scored three goals and added an assist, starting 23 games for the Courage. She scored the first goal in Courage history in a 1-0 win over Washington on April 15.
Just a few days ago, after the Courage fell 1-0 to the Thorns in the NWSL Championship, Courage coach Paul Riley called for Zerboni to earn a call up to the national team.
“I think there was probably 10, 12 internationals on the field today. … Should be another international on the field,” he said, gesturing to Zerboni, sitting alongside him.
If Zerboni plays in the game, it could be alongside her Courage (and Best XI) midfield teammate Sam Mewis, who has started every USWNT game this year.
Zerboni has played three WPS seasons, one WPSL Elite season and five NWSL seasons. Zerboni played for youth U.S. national teams, but this is her first senior call up.