Crystal Dunn has been named to the SheBelieves Cup preliminary roster. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CHICAGO – Do the names Carli Lloyd, Crystal Dunn and Allie Long ring a bell or two for you?
They should. They have been named to the 26-player preliminary roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup by U.S. national team head coach Jill Ellis Wednesday.
A Delran, N.J. native Lloyd performs for Sky Blue FC, Dunn, a Rockville Centre, N.Y. native, for Chelsea and the North Carolina Courage and Long, who hails from Northport, N.Y. for Seattle Reign FC. Sky Blue FC forward Savannah McCaskill also was named to the roster.
Ellis named three goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and eight forwards to the preliminary roster. Dunn and midfielder Morgan Brian will remain in Europe with their club teams during training camp in Orlando, Fla. but will join the squad in Columbus if named to the final 23-player tournament roster.
The competition features FIFA-ranked No. 1 United States, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 England and No. 6 France playing in three doubleheader events at three venues over a seven-day period as four of the world’s premier teams meet over six games in a display of the highest levels of competition in women’s soccer.
The Americans will convene in Orlando, Fla. Feb. 19 for a week of training before heading to Columbus, Ohio to kick off the third annual edition of the tournament at MAPFRE Stadium Thursday, March 1. England will open against France (4 p.m. ET) followed by the U.S. vs. Germany (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
All the teams will then travel to New Jersey and Red Bull Arena where the U.S. will play the first match of the day Sunday, March 4, taking on France (noon ET on ESPN2) followed by Germany vs. England (3 p.m. ET).
The tournament will finish at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Wednesday, March 7, as France takes on Germany (4 p.m. ET) followed by the tournament finale featuring the U.S. against England (7 p.m. ET on ESPNews).
“We had a productive training camp in January and a quality performance against Denmark to open the year, so the goal in the training portion of this camp is to refine our roles and relationships within our style of play,” Ellis said. “We will again have the majority of our core players back in and we’ll have the numbers to be able to play 11v11 before finalizing the tournament roster.”
U.S. roster (caps/goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 14/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 1/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 0/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 105/2), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 8/0), Emily Sonnett (Sydney FC, AUS/Portland Thorns FC; 13/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 58/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 44/4), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 7/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 247/98), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 8/0)
FORWARDS (8): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG/NC Courage; 58/23), Ashley Hatch (Melbourne City FC, AUS/Washington Spirit; 1/0), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 135/81), Christen Press (Houston Dash; 97/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 30/8), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 130/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 16/4)