Sky Blue FC’s Savannah McCaskill will have an opportunity to show U.S. women’s head coach Jill Ellis what she can do. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
CHICAGO — Tuesday’s soccer quiz:
What do Carli Lloyd, Allie Long, Savannah McCaskill and Crystal Dunn have in common?
They were among 24 players selected by U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis to the preliminary roster for two international friendlies agaisnt China PR in June.
Lloyd and McCaskill play for Sky Blue FC. Dunn, who hails from Rockville Centre, N.Y. performs for the North Carolina Courage and Long, who is from Northport, N.Y. competes for Seattle Reign FC.
The games will take place on Thursday, June 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, (9 p.m. ET, FS1, UDN) and Tuesday, June 12 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2).
Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
These will be the final games before Ellis chooses a 23-player roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations, featuring the U.S., Australia, Brazil and Japan, which will take place from July 26-Aug. 2
The roster (caps/goals)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 15/0), Casey Murphy (Montpellier HSC, FRA; 0/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 28/0), Abby Smith (Utah Royals FC; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 18/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 6/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 5/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 0/0), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 137/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 74/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 59/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 49/5), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 252/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 34/7), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 37/6), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 1/0)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 62/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 132/18), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 5/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 140/85), Christen Press (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, SWE; 98/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 135/36), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 130/30)