U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players to the training camp roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations. The U.S. will gather on July 20 for several days of training before opening the tournament against Japan on July 26 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (6 p.m. CT on FS1). Ellis will name a 23-player final roster prior to the start of the four-team tournament, which will also include games against Australia on July 29 in East Hartford, Conn. (7 p.m. ET on FS1) and against Brazil on Aug. 2 in Bridgeview, Ill. (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1).
“This is again an opportunity to host and play against some of the world’s best teams,” said Ellis. “We will see different styles and scenarios, which for sure will benefit us down the line, but ultimately our players love to compete and they are driven to win medals. Outside of our injured players, the core of our team has been together since January and even with just a few days of prep, this group will be excited and ready to get back on the field together against Japan.”
U.S. Soccer hosted the 2018 SheBelieves Cup last March which featured teams currently ranked 1-4 in the world. The 2018 Tournament of Nations will feature the top-ranked USA, Japan (#6), Brazil (#7) and Australia (#8), and many of the world’s top players will be on display over six games. This is the second time U.S. Soccer has staged the Tournament of Nations, which is planned to be held every summer that does not feature a World Cup or Olympic Games, meaning the competition will return in 2021. Australia won last year’s tournament, while the USA finished second, Japan third and Brazil was fourth.
Japan, Australia and Brazil have all qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA will compete in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship from October 4-17, a tournament that will determine this region’s three representatives at the upcoming Women’s World Cup.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 19/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 8/0), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage; 8/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 139/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 17/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 75/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 61/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 51/5), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 8/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 254/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 36/7), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 2/0)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 64/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 133/19), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 142/86), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; 3/1), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 100/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 137/37), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)