Crystal Dunn was among the 23 players called into the USWNT. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
CHICAGO – U.S. women’s national team head coach Vlatko Andonovski Tuesday named 23 players for a training camp prior to the USA’s final game of the year and first in 261 days.
The Americans will take on the Netherlands on Nov. 27 at Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda, Netherlands (12:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. local on ESPN2 & TUDN).
The roster includes 15 players playing in the National Women’s Soccer League, seven who have been competing in Europe and one college player. Fifteen of the players named to the roster attended the USA’s most recent training camp held in late October in Commerce City, Colo.
Four familiar faces were not named to this roster – Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Ashlyn Harris.
Two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario of Stanford University is the lone non-professional on the roster. As the process allowing Macario to be eligible to represent the USA in a full international match has not yet been completed, she will not be on the game day roster, meaning Andonovski will pick his 18 from the other 22 players in training camp.
Rockville Centre, N.Y. native and defender Crystal Dunn was selected to the squad as was Sky Blue FC defender Midge Purce.
Andonovski will name 18 players to suit up for the match.
“I love the challenge of bringing this group together, getting about a week of training and then playing the European champions on their home ground,” he said in a statement. “We have a lot of experience on this roster, but also a few players who have never been through a match like this before, so the best thing is that we will learn. We’ll learn about individuals and about the team. Consistent high performance is the most important factor in making rosters and starting lineups, and this trip will give our players the chance to show themselves in high level training and match environments.”
As they did during the training camp in Colorado, the U.S. players and staff will operate inside a highly controlled environment at the team hotel. The staging of the camp and the match will fall under the U.S. Soccer Return to Play Protocols and Guidelines and in accordance with the UEFA Return to Play Protocols, with stringent collaboration by The Royal Netherlands Football Association.
The U.S. delegation has received an exemption from quarantine provided to professional sports organizations. Everyone entering the environment will be tested for COVID-19 before traveling, upon arrival and every two days thereafter. The USA will not begin full team training until the results of all arrival tests are confirmed.
USWNT – Netherlands training camp roster (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit; 0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 63)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA; 1/0), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 61/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 26/1), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC; 104/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 131/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 177/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 45/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 102/20), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 86/19), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City, ENG; 45/12), Catarina Macario (Stanford; 0/0), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 15/1), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City, ENG; 67/18)
FORWARDS (6): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit; 2/0), Tobin Heath (Manchester United, ENG; 168/33), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG; 169/107), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG; 138/58), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 28/9)