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Ellis Names 28 Players to U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster Prior to Matches Against Mexico

CHICAGO (Aug. 29, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 28 players for a training camp prior to two matches against Mexico, on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York.

The Sept. 13 kickoff time has changed to 7:30 p.m. MT and the game is live on ussoccer.com (TICKETS). The Sept. 18 match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN (TICKETS). Fans can also follow the U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

This will be the first extended training period Ellis has had with the team since she was officially named the head coach on May 16. It will also be the final camp and matches before she names a 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship being held in Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; and Chester, Pennsylvania, from Oct. 15-26.

“Obviously as a coaching staff in the international arena, you are delighted when you can get a large group of players together for an extended period,” said Ellis. “It’s no secret that the battle for spots on the qualifying roster will be extremely competitive and we’re looking forward to the training environment and two tough games against a Mexico team that we will likely see again during the CONCACAF Championship.”

Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan

Twenty-nine players have represented the USA in international competition this year and 25 of them were invited to this camp along with midfielder Shannon Boxx and goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher, all of whom have yet to see action for the U.S. Women’s National Team in 2014.

The majority of the roster will begin training in Salt Lake City on Sept. 5 with the eight players who are playing in the NWSL Championship Game this weekend getting a few extra days off. Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City players will arrive on Sept. 8. Midfielder Morgan Brian, the lone non-professional on the roster, will arrive into camp on Sept. 7 after completing her weekend games with the University of Virginia.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo will likely get a shot to break the USA’s all-time shutout record in one of the matches against Mexico. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the matches.
  • The USA comes into the matches with an 8-2-3 record in 2014.
  • Twenty-seven of the 28 players named played in the NWSL this season.
  • The five U.S. strikers scored a combined 36 goals in the NWSL this season, although Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach missed significant parts of the season due to injury and Christen Press played in less than half the season’s matches after returning from Europe.
  • Should Christie Rampone play in both Mexico matches, her cap total would grow to 297, meaning she would have a chance to hit 300 during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October. Kristine Lilly is the only other player in soccer history to play 300 or more times for their country.
  • Ali Krieger’s next cap will be her 50th, which would make her the 48th player in U.S. WNT history to reach 50 international appearances.
  • The USA is 27-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • Several U.S. players won NWSL postseason awards: Alyssa Naeher was the Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn was the Defender of the Year and Julie Johnston was the Rookie of the Year.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position – Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Klingenberg, Hagen and Heath Set for 2014 NWSL Debuts

Three U.S. WNT players who have returned from Europe to play in the NWSL at mid-season have yet to make their league debuts. We talked to Meghan Klingenberg of the Houston Dash and Sarah Hagen of FC Kansas City, who will be playing their first career NWSL matches after the USA’s finishes its two-game set with France, and Tobin Heath of the Portland Thorns, who comes back to the northwest for her second campaign after winning the title last year.

Ellis Names 26 Players for Pair of June Matches against France

CHICAGO (June 2, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the training camp roster in preparation for two games against France – currently ranked fourth in the world by FIFA – on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

“Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are,” said Ellis, who was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history on May 16. “Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool.”

Several players return to the roster after extended absences ranging from two months in the case of Kristie Mewis, who has recovered from an ankle injury, to much longer in the case of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.

Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is coming in for training and evaluation only and will not play in the matches as she mounts her comeback after having a daughter in late February. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Boxx makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.

The availability of Morgan for the matches will be determined pending an evaluation by the team’s medical and performance staff of her progression toward international play. Morgan, who is at the tail end of her recovery from an ankle injury, has 44 goals in 70 matches, but has not appeared for the USA since November of 2013.

The roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women’s Soccer League clubs as Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg have returned to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden to the brink of the UEFA Women’s Champions League title. Tobin Heath’s French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7 against Olympique Lyon. Forward Sarah Hagen will complete her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8 and then return to make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City. The only non-professional on the roster is rising college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.

Additional Notes:

  • Jill Ellis will name 18 players from the 26-woman roster to suit up for each match.
  • Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long gets her second WNT call-up after earning her first cap against Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg.
  • The U.S. Women’s National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
  • The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014.
  • Two regulars are still injured and unavailable for selection in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (ankle).
  • U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has 70 shutouts, one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA’s all-time shutout list.
  • Amy Rodriguez comes into the camp tied for the NWSL lead in goals with eight in 10 games.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7):
Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9):
Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7):
Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Studio 90: American Trio Shoots for Champions League Title

U.S. Women’s National Team players Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg will experience a rare opportunity for a soccer player, one even rarer for an American, when they play for the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final on May 22 at Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon, Portugal. The match will effectively end the trio’s run with Tyresö of Sweden as it faces holders Wolfsburg of Germany for the crown jewel of European club soccer before heading back to the USA to join their NWSL clubs.

Ellis Names WNT Roster for May 8 Match vs. Canada

CHICAGO (April 30, 2014) – U.S. interim head coach Jill Ellis has named 22 players to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster that will travel to Winnipeg, Canada, for the May 8 match at Investors Group Field. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 and espnW.com at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local).

Investors Group Field, which opened in 2013, is located on the University of Manitoba campus and is home to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. The stadium features an artificial field and has a capacity of just over 33,000. It is one of six venues that will be used for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“With World Cup qualifying in less than six months, each game against a quality opponent is significant for this group, but no question  playing Canada in Canada stirs the emotions and gives it greater meaning,” said Ellis. “We have been scouting the NWSL games, and we have some injuries, so I think the roster is indicative of some of the top performers playing in the league at the moment. I am looking forward to getting the group to Winnipeg and having a few days of prep before the match.” 

The roster includes 18 players currently in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in addition to all three Americans – Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg – who helped Tyresö of Sweden advance to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final with a 3-0 victory this past weekend against Birmingham of England in the second leg of the semifinal series. The trio will join their NWSL clubs following the Champions League Final against holders Wolfsburg of Germany on May 22 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The U.S. roster includes three players from Seattle Reign FC, which currently sits atop the NWSL standings, as well as three players from FC Kansas City, the Washington Spirit and Sky Blue FC. There are 21 professionals on the roster plus rising college senior Morgan Brian, the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner at Virginia who is up to 10 caps in her young international career.

Two players return to a U.S. roster after extended absences in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, as well as former Under-20 and Under-23 international Allie Long, who is off to a fine start with Portland Thorns FC. Long, who is tied for second in the league in scoring with three goals, came into one event under Pia Sundhage in 2010, but did not earn a cap.

In addition, Ellis has given a first senior team call-up to Portland Thorns FC defender Nikki Marshall, a former Under-20 and Under-23 international who was a member of the USA’s 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup championship team along with two other players on the roster, Meghan Klingenberg and Sydney Leroux.

Additional Notes:

  • Ellis will name 18 players from the 22-woman roster to suit up for the match.
  • The U.S. Women’s National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women’s National Teams exclusively at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
  • The U.S. WNT opened its 2014 campaign with a 1-0 win against Canada on Jan. 31 in front of 20,862 fans at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. Sydney Leroux scored the game’s only goal and the USA improved to 47-3-5 all-time against Canada.
  • The U.S. and Canada have faced each other once before in Winnipeg, but that was almost 24 years ago, with the USA posting a 4-1 victory on July 27, 1990.
  • The match in Winnipeg will mark the fifth between the two teams in Canada. The most recent match between the neighbors on Canadian soil came on June 2, 2013, a 3-0 U.S. victory at BMO Field in Toronto.
  • Several injured players were unavailable for this match, including forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Kristie Mewis, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke.
  • Defender Crystal Dunn returns to the roster and will be looking to see her first international action of the year after being sidelined with an ankle injury.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into the match having allowed just one goal in three NWSL matches to date, tied for best in the league. With 70 shutouts, Solo is one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA’s all-time shutout list.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

2012: Did not play a match for the U.S. WNT, but was named an alternate for the 2012 Olympic Team and traveled to the U.K. with the squad … Had shoulder surgery at the end of the year … 2011: First call-up to the senior team came for a training camp in January of 2011, following which she earned a spot on the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China … She earned her first two senior team caps at the Four Nations, playing against Canada and China off the bench as a late game sub … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team in 2009 and 2010 … A key member of the USA’s 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champions … Played every minute of her five starts in the tournament including all 90 during the World Cup final victory against Korea DPR … Ended her U-20 career with 16 caps and one goal, that scored against Costa Rica in the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament … She played every minute of all five matches at the U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament … Played for the USA at the U-17 and U-16 levels in 2005 and 2004 … First Appearance: Jan. 23, 2011 vs. Canada … First Goal: None.

2012: Played for Tyresö in Damallsvenskan in Sweden and in her first season with the club, Tyresö won the league and qualified for Champion's League … Tyresö won the league in the last game of the season over rivals LdB Malmö … 2011: Taken third overall in the 2011 WPS Draft by magicJack, but after seeing action in just two games, she was traded in early June to the Boston Breakers for Nikki Washington … She played 10 matches for Boston, starting them all and totaled 961 minutes for the season … It didn't take Klingenberg long to make an impact on the field once she came to Boston, as four days after the trade, and in her first game as a Breaker, she scored what proved to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at home over her former club and also assisted on the first goal of the game … She totaled one goal and two assist on the season … Youth: Played youth club for Penns Forest FC from U-15 through U-19 … Won state titles with PFFC at U-15 and U-17 levels.

Full name is Meghan Elizabeth Klingenberg … Nickname is “Kling” … Majored in business administration … Twice named to the Dean’s List … Is a third-degree black belt in taekwondo … As a budding thespian, she performed in a Pine-Richland production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” a masterpiece that won an award for best high school musical production in the Pittsburgh area … Says she loves musicals and “if I could hit a C or knew what note a C was, then I would try out for Broadway” … Member of National Honor Society in high school … Away from the field, she likes to spend time biking, reading, singing, dancing and cooking … Is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburg Penguins fan … Loves Gatorade, her best buddy Monica’s chocolate chip cookies and Iron City Pretzels … Has younger brother Drew who currently plays soccer at Penn State … Favorite beverage is water … Favorite athlete is Michelle Akers … Favorite movie is The Sound of Music … Says if she possessed the gift of time travel she would go back to the “Gone with the Wind” era because Scarlett is an icon and was ahead of her time and “I want to be her” … In a perfect world where making money was not a consideration, she says her dream jobs would be playing soccer, singing on Broadway and being an author … Favorite place she’s visited was South Africa for the FIFA World Cup 2010 and Rome.

A four year starter at North Carolina, she played in 94 games in her career, starting 65 … She scored 18 career goals with 24 assists … Played on all three lines at UNC … As a senior in 2010, she was an NSCAA All-American while playing in all 24 games for the Tar Heels and was fourth on the team with 23 points … She had 11 assists (second on the team) and scored six goals … She was named First-Team All-ACC … As a junior in 2009, she played in 26 games and played 1,668 minutes while scoring five goals with one assist … Scored against Notre Dame, North Carolina State and Florida State … Scored against Georgia in the NCAA second round on a penalty kick … Scored the game-winning goal in a 5-2 triumph over Wake Forest in the NCAA quarterfinals … As a sophomore in 2008, she played in 20 games, starting eight, and missed the last six games of the season playing for the USA at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile … Tied for second on the team with nine assists and two goals … Named to the ACC All-Academic women’s soccer team and the ACC Honor Roll …  As a freshman in 2007, she played in 24 games, starting 10, and earned Freshman All-ACC honors … Had five goals with three assists and was a Soccer America First-Team All-Freshman selection … Led UNC freshmen in all offensive categories … Had golden goals in ACC road wins against Boston College and Florida State … Scored her first collegiate goal against Texas A&M … Was an All-ACC Academic Team selection … High School: Graduated from Pine-Richland High School in 2007 … Was the captain of her high school team … Led Pine-Richland to 2005 Pennsylvania state high school championship and was an NSCAA All-America selection … Was also a Parade high school All-American.

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