Carli Lloyd is among 28 players selected to the USWNT January camp. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
Twenty-two of the 23 players were on the U.S. women’s national team’s roster have been named to the team’s January training camp, U.S. Soccer announced Friday morning. The only player from that team not on the roster was forward Alex Morgan, who is pregnant.
The 28 players on the rroster will train in Tampa, Fla. from Jan. 5-15.
After the camp, Andonovski will name the 20-player roster for Olympic qualifying.
“The players are coming off their break so I know everyone will be excited, rested, refreshed and ready to tackle our next goals, which are having a productive training camp and preparing for Olympic qualifying,” head coach Valtko Andonovski said. “A long-time strength of this team has been the internal competition on the training field and our coaching staff is looking forward to seeing that during camp as it will help us pick the best team to take to qualifying and try to earn our berth to Tokyo.”
Among the familiar names were Megan Rapinoe, the FIFA Best Women’s Player of the Year, U.S. Soccer’s female player of the year Julie Ertz, the ageless Carli Lloyd and metropolitan area products Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Allie Long (Northport, N.Y.)
The roster features five top National Women’s Soccer League players and 19-year-old forward Sophia Smith, who is the youngest player in camp, the only uncapped player and the only non-professional. She is a rising junior at Stanford.
Three players on this roster – Smith, Portland Thorns FC defender Margaret “Midge” Purce and Houston Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell – attended the USA’s December Identification Camp in Florida.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 3/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 24/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 57/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 53/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 25/1), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 96/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 104/2), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 125/2), Margaret Purce (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 171/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 31 /0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 40/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 87/8), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 95/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 78/12), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 38/10), Allie Long (Reign FC; 51/8), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 60/14), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 15/0)
FORWARDS (8): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 162/32), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 288/121), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 14/2), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 130/51), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 62/18), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 160/50), Sophia Smith (Stanford; 0/0), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 21/6)