Crystal Dunn was called into U.S. women’s national camp again. (Outfoxed Photos)
CHICAGO – Several familiar names Wednesday were selected to the U.S. women’s training camp in advance of a pair of friendlies against Chile.
Among them were Sky Blue FC midfielder Carli Lloyd and North Carolina Courage forward Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who were among the 23 players picked by head coach Jill Ellis.
Seattle Reign midfielder Allie Long of Northport, N.Y. was not chosen because she is injured.
The Americans twice will meet Chile, first on Friday, Aug. 31 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (11 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN).
Ellis and her staff will choose 18 players to suit up for each of the games.
These will be final matches before the U.S. enters the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October on a quest for a berth to the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Twenty of the players were a part of the U.S. roster that won this summer’s 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, also was named to the roster.
“Our team is in a good place coming off the Tournament of Nations and this is a great time to get two games against a country that has already qualified for the World Cup,” Ellis said. “We’ve never played them before, but their style of play will be helpful in our final preparations for World Cup qualifiers. Our players are obviously deep into the chase for NWSL playoff spots, and they are coming off some intense games, so this will be a good chance to get the group together and share playing time before we come back together in October.”
The NWSL players will arrive in camp in Los Angeles following their club matches Aug. 25.
The roster (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 32/0)
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)