U.S. women’s national head coach Jill Ellis Tuesday named the 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup.
North Carolina Courage’s Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y., who can play any position, and Sky Blue FC forward Carli Lloyd were selected to the squad.
The competition features the top-ranked Americans, No. 4 England, No. 8 Japan and No. 10 Brazil. All four teamswill be participating in this summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Brazil, Japan and the USA are three of the seven teams that have participated in each of the seven previous Women’s World Cup tournaments.
All 23 players on the U.S. roster were with the WNT for its first two games of the year that were played in France and Spain in January.
“The SheBelieves Cup is a positive event in many ways, but it’s extremely valuable to get three challenging gamesagainst World Cup-bound teams in a short time span that can simulate navigating through group play,” Ellis said. “Theseare all teams that can go deep in the tournament this summer and provide the kind of tests we need as we continue towork to crystalize our lineup and our final roster for the World Cup.”
The U.S. team begins its schedule at the fourth annual edition of the world’s most elite four-team women’s tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against Japan at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on FS1). England will kick off the competition against Brazil (4 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) in the early game that day.
U.S. roster (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 40/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 32/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 14/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 77/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 151/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 28/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 74/18), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 21/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 43/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 143/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 266/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 155/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 108/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 45/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 146/41)