Midge Purce was the lone Sky Blue FC player called into USWNT camp. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
HARRISON, N.J. – Sky Blue FC defender Midge Purce has been named to the first U.S. women’s national team training camp roster in seven months.
Purce will attend the 11-day camp, which will include 27 players, in Commerce, Colo. from Oct. 18-28.
Sky Blue forwards Carli Lloyd and Mallory Pugh were unavailable for selection due to injury.
This will be Purce’s second training camp under head coach Vlatko Andonovski after being named to the USWNT Identification Camp in December 2019.
The 25-year-old Purce joined Sky Blue in January. She made her club debut in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, starting at right back in all five of the matches she played.
In the semifinals against Chicago, Purce played an instrumental part in the Sky Blue comeback attempt from a three-goal deficit. She sent in a cross that deflected off Chicago midfielder Julie Ertz for an own goal. Following the Challenge Cup, Purce has started every match of the NWSL Fall Series at forward, showcasing her versatility. She scored her first goal in a Sky Blue jersey during the opening match and has completed more than 76 percent of her passes.
“We want to reward players who have done well for their clubs and give them a chance to step up and perform in our environment,” Andonovski said in a statement. “We have a lot of uncapped players and a few who have had the chance to earn a few caps, but we know that deepening our player pool is important as we head into 2021.”