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Ellis Names 25-Player Roster for Next Stretch of World Cup Prep

CHICAGO (March 20, 2015) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 25-player roster that will train in Los Angeles for a week before traveling to St. Louis for the USA’s first domestic match of the year against New Zealand on April 4 at Busch Stadium. Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for that game.

The roster includes the same 25 players who were in Portugal earlier this month to help the USA win the 2015 Algarve Cup, the program’s 10th title at the prestigious annual tournament, after defeating France 2-0 in the championship game. Additionally, there are two St. Louis natives in the roster: Becky Sauerbrunn, who was an All-American at Ladue High School and the 2003 Missouri Player of the Year, and Lori Chalupny, who was an All-American at Nerinx Hall High School.

The USA’s training camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from March 23-30. The team will then depart for St. Louis, where it will train for three days before facing New Zealand. The game will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET. More than 31,000 tickets have already been sold. (TICKETS)

“Having the initial training period in L.A., when we can go a bit harder and then tapering into the match in St. Louis will be excellent preparation for a New Zealand team that always gives us a highly competitive game,” said Ellis. “This will be an excellent test for us. They are aggressive, athletic and like to press. We’ll see some similar tendencies that we could see in our first group match at the World Cup and certainly the crowd will be tremendous. It will be nice to be back at home.”

The match against the Kiwis begins a four-game run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that includes three Send-Off Series games in May.

The U.S. Women will begin the Send-Off Series against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, the new home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes. From there, the USA will travel down the coast to face fellow CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier Mexico on Sunday, May 17, at 6 p.m. PT at StubHub Center in Carson. Both California matches will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1, with the Mexico game also available on Univision Deportes.

After a short break, the U.S. team will head to the East Coast to conclude the Send-Off Series against Korea Republic on Saturday, May 30, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN, WatchESPN and Univision Deportes. Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

SEND-OFF SERIES TICKETS

USA vs. Republic of Ireland (May 10 in San Jose, Calif.)
Tickets for the USA vs. Ireland are available starting March 27 at 10 a.m. through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area (including Walmart and Chavez Supermarkets).

USA vs. Mexico (May 17 in Carson, Calif.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Mexico on May 17 are available now through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.).

USA vs. Korea Republic (May 30 in Harrison, N.J.) (TICKETS)
Tickets for USA vs. Korea Republic go on sale starting March 20 at 10 a.m. ET and are available through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area (including many Walmart stores), as well as the Red Bull Arena ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

This summer, the USA will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 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 (Unattached)

Additional Notes:

  • The USA last faced Ireland on Dec. 1, 2012, a 2-0 victory in Glendale, Arizona.
  • The U.S. outscored Mexico 15-0 over a span of three games in 2014. The CONCACAF foes embarked on a two-game set in September with the USA scoring four goals in each half for an 8-0 win on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Five days later, the WNT nabbed a 4-0 victory at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, New York. The teams also met on Oct. 24 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, during the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA picked up a 3-0 win to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • The USA most recently played the Korea Republic on June 20, 2013, also at Red Bull Arena, earning a 5-0 victory in a match that saw Abby Wambach score four times to surpass Mia Hamm’s all-time goal scoring record of 158. Wambach currently has 178 goals.
  • While the match at the brand new Avaya Stadium will be the first for the WNT, the U.S. Women have played 10 matches at StubHub Center, going 10-0-0 at the home of MLS champion LA Galaxy.
  • The U.S. WNT played six matches in San Jose from 1997-2007, all at Spartan Stadium.
  • The match against the Korea Republic will mark the third for the U.S. Women at Red Bull Arena, home to MLS’s New York Red Bulls.

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Photo Gallery: WNT on the Pitch and with the Press

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A glimpse at the U.S. WNT's fifth day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup. The USA takes on Norway on March 4 in its opening Group B match. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt,@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

U.S. National Team: Has had quite a bit of training with the senior Women’s National Team, but is a veteran of the USA’s youth national teams and was the starting goalkeeper for the team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

2015:
Has not seen any action with the WNT but has been in all training camps and has been part of the USA's roster for all six matches this year, including the 2015 Algarve Cup, where the USA won its 10th title after defeating France 2-0 in the final on March 11... 2014: Earned her first cap and shutout in a victory against Argentina at the International Tournament of Brasilia in December … Was at the January training camp and traveled with the USA in March to the Algarve Cup in Portugal ... Was on the roster for the Aug. 20, 2014 game against Switzerland  and a pair of games in September against Mexico ... Trained during the entire 2014 Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, but was not on the official roster … 2013: Was called into camp with the senior team ahead of a November friendly against Brazil ... 2011: Travelled with the U.S. to Portugal for the Algarve Cup ... 2010: Trained at camp in January and September … 2009: Earned her first call-up to train with the senior team in December 2009 … Youth National Teams: Played for the U.S. U-23 team ... Won the 2008 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, earning the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper after posting five wins in the tournament over France, Argentina, England, Germany and Korea DPR in the Final ... While in high school was called up to play for the U.S. U-16 and U-17 National Teams … Attended the U.S. U-14 I.D. camp in 2002 First Appearance: Dec. 18, 2014, vs. Argentina  … First Shutout: Dec. 18, 2014, vs. Argentina

Professional / Club – 2014: She was the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year ... Played in and started all 24 games, one of only two Breakers to do so ... Logged a team-high 2,115 minutes, which also ranked her second in the league ... Set a NWSL record and team record with 106 saves ... Registered three shutouts and stopped six of the nine penalty shots she faced ... The six penalty kick saves was the most in NWSL history and a career high ... 2013: Started eight of the nine games she appeared in for the Breakers after joining the club as a free agent in May ... Finished with a 4-2-2 record with team-high two shutouts ... Joined after finishing her German Bundesliga season with FFC Turbine Potsdam … It marked her second stint with the Breakers ... She was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2010 WPS Draft ... 2012: With FFC Turbine Potsdam for the 2012/13 Frauen Bundesliga season, she posted a 16-4-1 record with 10 shutouts, helping the team earn a berth into the 2013-14 Champions League ... Potsdam finished second in the Bundesliga, four points back of champions VFL Wolfsburg ... In debut season with Potsdam (2011/12), Naeher went 13-2-2 with 11 shutouts in the league and Potsdam won the Bundesliga ... Made her debut on Sept. 28, 2011, coming on in the 64th minute of the team’s 6-0 victory over Thor/KA of Iceland in the UEFA Women’s Champions League ... Over two years at Potsdam, she had a 6-3-1 Champions League record with four shutouts … 2011: Set a franchise record and led Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) with 99 saves for the Boston Breakers ... Finished with a 5-9-4 record with five shutouts ... Had a goals against average of 1.33 ... Started and played in all 18 games ... Logged 1,620 minutes ... 2010: In her rookie season of 2010, she started all 16 games she played in during the regular season, logging 1,379 minutes ... Faced 90 shots and made 69 saves ... Allowed 18 goals for a 1.17 goals against average ... Posted a record of 9-4-2 with three shutouts ... Played in one playoff game and made three saves in a loss to the Philadelphia Independence in the WPS Super Semifinal ... Youth: Played youth club soccer with Yankee United from U-12 through U-15, then switched to South Central for U-16 to U-19 where she wont a state title … Was a Parade All-American and two-time NSCAA Youth All-American.

College / High School: A three-time NSCAA All-American at Penn State ... Started and played 74 games for the Nittany Lions ... Finished with a career record of 50-19-5 and 24 shutouts ... Had a career 0.89 goals against average ... She was the Big Ten Tournament Defensive MVP in 2008 and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 ... Was First-Team All-Big Ten selection  in 2007 and 2008 ... Named to Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2006 ... High School: Three-time All-State and three-time FAA All-Conference selection at Christian Heritage School, where she also was an honor roll student ... Scored more than 2,000 points in her career as a standout basketball player where she was the starting point guard.

Personal: Full name is Alyssa Michele Naeher … Majored in Kinesiology … Twin sister Amanda was a standout forward at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa. … One of the all-time leading scorers in NCAA Division III history, she scored well over 100 goals in her career … Amanda also scored more than 2,000 in high school basketball … Younger sister Abigail attended Samford University … Enjoys doing the crossword puzzle every morning with her coffee … Is a huge New England Patriots fan … All-time favorite TV show is “Friends” but is currently into “Modern Family” and “New Girl.” 

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