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Kelley O’Hara named to USWNT roster for New Zealand friendlies

The Sky Blue FC defender enters the camp with 99 caps.

USA Women v Sweden Women - International Friendly
Sky Blue FC defender Kelley O’Hara was named to the most recent USWNT roster.
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Jill Ellis, head coach of the United States women’s national team (USWNT), announced her 22-player roster for the team’s September camp ahead of a pair of friendlies against New Zealand. Sky Blue FC defender Kelley O’Hara, a staple on the team since making her first appearance in 2010, was once again named to the roster.

“With only six matches left in 2017, we want to take advantage of the time we have together and finish the year with solid performances,” Ellis said in the official announcement. “New Zealand, South Korea, and Canada all present different challenges, and these games will round out one of the most competitive schedules the WNT program has played in a calendar year.”

The USWNT is coming off its second-place finish in the inaugural edition of its summer Tournament of Nations, which concluded at the start of August. The team will first take on the Fighting Ferns on Friday, September 15 in Commerce City, Colorado before closing out the two-game series on Tuesday, September 19 in Cincinnati.

O’Hara is one of seven defenders named to the roster ahead of the friendlies. She enters the camp with 99 caps and is on pace to be the next US player to earn her landmark 100th cap. While Ellis has previously said the experimentation stage of the new cycle is over, she may continue starting defenders like Taylor Smith over O’Hara as she continues evaluating their international potential. If she does make an appearance this camp, she’ll become just the 36th player to reach the century mark with the USWNT.

Although 22 players have been called into camp, only 18 will dress for each match. Several call-ups, including O’Hara, are recovering from injuries sustained in previous camps. As a result, these players may not dress for the matches or may be restricted to limited playing time as USSF continues to monitor and assess their recoveries.

Star midfielder Carli Lloyd was not named to the roster as she continues recovering from a sprained ankle sustained while playing with the Houston Dash last month.

The New Zealand roster for the friendlies was released on August 28. Several players in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) were named to that roster including Katie Bowen (FC Kansas City), Rebekah Stott (Seattle Reign FC) and Rosie White (Boston Breakers). Goalkeeper Erin Nayler, who spent a short stint on Sky Blue’s roster last season before departing the team without making an appearance for the New Jersey club, was also included on the roster.

Full rosters for both teams are below.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position

Goalkeepers (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride)
Defenders (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)
Midfielders (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Forwards (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

New Zealand Women’s National Team Roster by Position

Goalkeepers (3): Victoria Esson, Anna Leat, Erin Nayler
Defenders (7): Elizabeth Anton, CJ Bott, Anna Green, Meikayla Moore, Ria Percival, Ali Riley, Rebekah Stott
Midfielders (7): Annalie Longo, Betsy Hassett, Katie Bowen, Olivia Chance, Daisy Cleverly, Malia Steinmetz, Kirsty Yallop
Forwards (6): Jane Barnett, Aimee Phillips, Martine Puketpau, Katie Rood, Rosie White, Hannah Wilkinson