Allie Long was one of 21 players called into the U.S. women’s squad for games in Sweden and Norway next month. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

CHICAGO — Many familiar names to local soccer fans were called into the U.S. national team for its two matches in Scandinavia next month.

They included Sky Blue FC Kelley O’Hara, Portland Thorns midfielder Allie Long (Northport, N.Y) and forward Chelsea forward Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), among others.

And in case you were wondering, the others included defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielders Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe and forwards Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan and Mallory Pugh.

They were among 21 players selected the squad by head coach Jill Ellis to travel Scandinavia for matches against Sweden June 8 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN) and against Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET on FOX). Ellis will name 18 players to the game day roster for each of the matches.

“I have enjoyed watching the league games, but it will be great to get the players back together,” Ellis said. “This will be a quick trip against two very good teams in final preparations for the Euros, so I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond to these two quality opponents.”

The U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

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