U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 23 players to the training camp roster, including Sky Blue FC’s Carli Lloyd, for two late summer friendlies against Chile. The matches will take place on Friday, Aug. 31 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (8 p.m. PT on ESPN2) and on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and UDN). Ellis will select 18 players to suit up for each contest.
These will be the final games before the USA enters the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October on a quest for a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Twenty of the players were a part of the U.S. roster that won this summer’s 2018 Tournament of Nations, while forward Mallory Pugh and defender Kelley O’Hara return after recovering from long-term injuries. O’Hara, who has been capped 107 times, last played for the USA against France in March at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup while Pugh last played on April 8 against Mexico, a match in which she scored her 11th international goal.
UCLA senior Hailie Mace, who earned her first cap on April 8 vs. Mexico in a substitute appearance, was also named to the roster.
The NWSL players will arrive to camp in Los Angeles following their club matches on Aug. 25.
The two matches against Chile will be the first games between these countries in women’s soccer history. Chile is also just the fourth South American team the USA has faced in its history, along with Brazil (35 games), Colombia (6) and Argentina (3). Chile will be the 52nd country the U.S. women have faced in full international competition.
Chile has already qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, finishing second behind Brazil in the Final Stage of the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which it hosted last April. It was Chile’s first FIFA Women’s World Cup berth.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 22/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 10/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 1/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC: 107/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 141/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 20/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 77/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 64/16), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 54/6), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 11/3), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 257/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 37/7), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 5/0)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 67/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 136/20), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 145/90), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 103/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 35/11), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 140/38)