Allie Long gives the USWNT some important versatility at midfield. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
By Michael Lewis
For the first time, New York and Long Island will have two representatives on a Women’s World Cup team.
North Carolina Courage midfielder Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, N.Y. and Reign FC midfielder Allie Long of Northport, N.Y. have been named to the U.S. squad that will perform in France this summer, according to a reliable American soccer source.
The 23-player roster selected by head coach Jill Ellis and her staff will be announced on Twitter at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Long and Dunn played for the Albertson Soccer Club in the Long Island Junior Soccer League.
Dunn recently was named the National Women’s Soccer League player of the month of April after scoring four times in three matches for the Courage. She was left off the 2015 U.S. side that captured the world championship but went on to capture NWSL scoring and MVP honors that year. While Dunn is a midfielder with her club team, she is expected to be a left back for the USWNT, although she can play any position as the most versatile player on the national side.
Long was considered on the bubble to make the squad, but is considered a solid player who can play multiple positions, especially at midfield.
The identities of two other players on the team are known. Ali Krieger, who hadn’t played with the USWNT for months before her recent call-up for friendlies month, has been chosen, according to Yahoo Sports and the Washington Post, for some cover at right back. Midfielder Morgan Brian is also set to make the team, The Post reported.
The USA will face Thailand (June 11 in Reims), Chile (June 16 in Paris) and Sweden (June 20 in Le Havre) during group play in France.
Ellis will guide the team in its final three matches before the Americans depart for France.
The Send-Off Series will see the U.S. face South Africa May 12 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. (4:30 p.m. ET on FOX), New Zealand May 16 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and Mexico May 26 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. (Noon ET on ESPN/UDN).