U.S. Soccer

Women's National Team

2017 SheBelieves Cup Camp - Feb. 20-27 - Orlando, Fla.

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
M 5-7 St. Simons Island, Ga. Houston Dash 63/6
GK 5-9 Kennesaw, Ga. Concorde Fire South 0/0
F 5-1 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chelsea Ladies FC (ENG) 45/18
GK 5-9 Satellite Beach, Fla. Orlando Pride 11/0
M 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC 128/18
M 5-9 Golden, Colo. Portland Thorns FC 30/3
D 5-7 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars 45/8
M 5-8 Fort Wayne, Ind. Sky Blue FC 0/0
D 5-2 Gibsonia, Pa. Portland Thorns FC 70/3
D 5-6 Dumfries, Va. Orlando Pride 96/1
M 5-4 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati United 0/0
M 5-8 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash 232/96
M 5-7 Northport, N.Y. Portland Thorns FC 20/3
M 6-0 Hanson, Mass. Western New York Flash 18/4
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Olympic Lyonnais (FRA) 120/73
GK 5-9 Bridgeport, Conn. Chicago Red Stars 10/0
D 5-5 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC 91/2
M 5-5 Durham, N.C. CASL
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Real Colorado 17/4
F 5-7 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 80/41
F 5-4 Lake Forest, Calif. FC Kansas City 129/30
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 119/0
D 5-8 Naperville, Ill. Chicago Red Stars 4/0
D 5-7 Marietta, Ga. Portland Thorns FC 12/0
F 5-7 Fresno, Calif. Western NY Flash 4/1

2017 SheBelieves Cup Camp - Feb. 20-27 - Orlando, Fla.

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-7

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:Houston Dash

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-9

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Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Kennesaw, Ga.

Club:Concorde Fire South

Position:Forward

Height:5-1

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Position:Forward

Hometown:Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Club:Chelsea Ladies FC (ENG)

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-9

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Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Satellite Beach, Fla.

Club:Orlando Pride

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-6

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-9

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Golden, Colo.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

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Position:Defender

Hometown:Mesa, Ariz.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-8

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Fort Wayne, Ind.

Club:Sky Blue FC

Position:Defender

Height:5-2

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Position:Defender

Hometown:Gibsonia, Pa.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Defender

Height:5-6

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Position:Defender

Hometown:Dumfries, Va.

Club:Orlando Pride

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-4

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Cincinnati, Ohio

Club:Cincinnati United

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-8

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Delran, N.J.

Club:Houston Dash

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Northport, N.Y.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Midfielder

Height:6-0

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Hanson, Mass.

Club:Western New York Flash

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

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Position:Forward

Hometown:Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:Olympic Lyonnais (FRA)

Position:Goalkeeper

Height:5-9

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Position:Goalkeeper

Hometown:Bridgeport, Conn.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Defender

Height:5-5

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Position:Defender

Hometown:Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:Sky Blue FC

Position:Midfielder

Height:5-5

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Position:Midfielder

Hometown:Durham, N.C.

Club:CASL

Position:Forward

Height:5-5

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:Real Colorado

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

Birthdate:

Position:Forward

Hometown:Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Forward

Height:5-4

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Position:Forward

Hometown:Lake Forest, Calif.

Club:FC Kansas City

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

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Position:Defender

Hometown:St. Louis, Mo.

Club:FC Kansas City

Position:Defender

Height:5-8

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Position:Defender

Hometown:Naperville, Ill.

Club:Chicago Red Stars

Position:Defender

Height:5-7

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Position:Defender

Hometown:Marietta, Ga.

Club:Portland Thorns FC

Position:Forward

Height:5-7

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Position:Forward

Hometown:Fresno, Calif.

Club:Western NY Flash

Jill Ellis Q&A: “We’re Ready for Games. We Want to Get This Started”

On Friday, Feb. 24, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named her final 23-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. As the world's No.1-ranked team and reigning World Cup champions prepare to kick off the tournament against the current Olympic champion and No. 2 ranked Germany, ussoccer.com sat down with Ellis to discuss her thought-process for selecting the roster as well as the team's readiness in the lead up to the beginning of the 2017 schedule.

ussoccer.com: How has training camp progressed in Orlando and what were the major factors in picking these 23 players?
Jill Ellis: The week of preparation has been very good. Getting to play a match against an outside opponent, against boys, was very valuable because we haven’t had a full game going into SheBelieves. In that game we got a lot of answers and saw a lot of good things. In looking at how we should approach a roster, it’s first and foremost, which players we feel can help us be successful to win games, and then making sure we have cover and depth.

I think the difference this year from perhaps the preceding years is that we’re not using this environment as a place where a player can just come in and work their way back into form and fitness. It’s now about them having to be ready to deliver at least 75 minutes in a SheBelieves game. It’s not ideal to take a player who is not yet “played in” and can potentially only give you 15-20 minutes. When you’re building for a world event you will invest in a player who you think will make the final roster, even if they are working their way back in, because you want them to hear the information, stay connected and sense that they are going to be a part of that team for a world event. In this phase we’re in, it’s about taking players who are ready or needing to gain experience. The reality is if a player is not ready right now, we have a big window in which to continue their evaluation and assessment. And of course the NWSL will play a big role in that.

ussoccer.com: This is the first time Mallory Pugh is back in the squad since the Olympics after playing with the U-20s and recovering from an injury, what did you see from her this week?
JE:
Mal went through the U-20 World Cup at the end of last year and then for sure needed some down time, and to let her knee heal a little bit. But she’s been back training, working out at college, and she’s been in a training environment so she’s come in and she’s shown well. She looks good and fit and I think she’s going to be an important piece in our roster in SheBelieves.

ussoccer.com: You chose 16-year-old Brianna Pinto – who played in last year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup – for the roster. What did you see from her over January Camp and the Orlando camp that earned her a spot?
JE:
I think with Brianna, part of it is that you have to make sure that a player can help immediately, but also ask yourself, what do you see potentially in this player? And what I see in her is someone that already from a January Camp until now is getting more comfortable, is answering questions in meetings and asking questions on the field. She’s someone that is fully engaged, and in the match against the boys, she showed she is a player who wants the ball, and those are some special qualities. Giving her the exposure and experience of being in SheBelieves, which is a big tournament, is a massive investment. Couple that with the fact that with Andi Sullivan getting injured (last fall during the college season), we have less availability in pure 6s. My commitment is to look at Allie (Long) in the role we’ve been playing her in, so what Brianna gives us is more cover in that central midfielder position.

ussoccer.com: Can you talk about the three players in camp that did not make the SheBelieves Cup roster (Meghan Klingenberg, Amy Rodriguez, Sarah Killion)?
JE:
For Meghan, the message was ‘you’re not quite ready’. She’s been battling an injury, she’s been out from all physical activity for a long time and I certainly wanted to bring her in and have a look at her and see where she’s at, but Meghan and I both understand that right now she’s not ready to jump into that intense 90-minute environment. She’s working her way back and the Thorns will be a great platform where she can build herself back up.

With Amy, again, making sure we give these players an evaluation is important. I think A-Rod in truth, is further ahead of where I thought she’d be after a year off. Not only is Amy playing her way back, but she is also processing a lot of new information from the end of the World Cup until now. The messaging was similar, keep progressing and return to your club environment and be ready to get after it in your pre-season.   

What I said to Sarah was that I was specifically looking at players that play her position, and digging a little deeper into that process meant taking another look at her. She is definitely someone we will continue to monitor. Sharpening up her speed of play is going to be a focus for her, but for sure, being in this environment has helped her understand the demands and pace of the international level.

ussoccer.com: You’ve called in Jessica McDonald, who was not in the Orlando camp, to join the team in Philadelphia for the tournament. What factors led to that decision?
JE:
Jess was close to joining us in this camp, but I felt that I wanted to have another look at A-Rod here. I wanted to have this camp be smaller (in roster numbers) so we could really focus and get players on the field in an 11 aside game and not rotating. Jess is 90-minutes fit and she is a player that can give us a spark off the bench. Evaluating where A-Rod was at this point, and with the reality that Alex (Morgan) took a knock in France, it made it important that we have coverage in that central position. We have Lynn (Williams), (Christen) Press and Alex as pure 9s, and we felt that we needed another central player that could provide that for us.

ussoccer.com: With only five days until the tournament opener and with a final roster now set, does the preparation change and what are you hoping to see in these final days before the first match?
JE:
The energy has been great and you can hear the vibe in the bus and on the field, and even with the coaches, we’re ready for games. We want to get this started. It’s been a valuable week here in terms of looking at big picture things. We’ve certainly drilled into set pieces a little bit more, and I feel that looking at our attacking and defending core components, we’ve got a lot of things covered and we’re ready to compete.

ussoccer.com: There’s no easing into this year’s schedule with Germany up first. What do you expect from that opening match of the tournament?
JE:
It’s always going to be a massive game for both countries. Germany has gone through a coaching change and there are slightly different nuances to how they’re playing. I think they are also looking at different players in terms of roster so it’s a perfect game for us to test ourselves against the Olympic champions. I said to the players at the beginning of camp, the more we get stretched and tested right now the better, because that’s what going to allow us to add more layers to our own development.

ussoccer.com: Do you have a plan for the goalkeepers heading into SheBelieves?
JE:
I think continuing the theme of making sure that Alyssa (Naeher) and Ash (Harris) both gain experience. And a tournament experience where getting on a podium is at stake, both need to experience that pressure.

ussoccer.com: Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan are joining the team late from Europe, does that have any impact in camp?
JE: In my tenure, I haven’t dealt with international players joining us purely at FIFA windows so it’s a slightly different experience for me personally but obviously we’ve kept in contact with them, both visually in terms of watching their games, and obviously through constant communication. We’re excited to have them join us in camp and ready for them to help us be successful
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WNT Feb 24, 2017

Ellis Names 23 Players to 2017 SheBelieves Cup Roster

CHICAGO (February 24, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup that will feature four of the world’s top teams in the USA, Germany, France and England playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period. 5 Things About the SheBelieves Cup More About the SheBe Read more
WNT Feb 24, 2017

GALLERY: WNT Continues Training for 2017 SheBelieves Cup

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team training session on Feb. 22 in Orlando, Fla. The team is currently partaking in a pre-SheBelieves Cup training camp as they prepare for the tournament, which will take place from March 1-7. The 2017 SheBelieves Cup will feature the USA, Germany, France and England playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues in the northeast over a seven Read more
WNT Feb 24, 2017

Michelle French and B.J. Snow to Join U.S. WNT Staff

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced several changes to its Youth National Team staff as Michelle French and B.J. Snow will leave their posts with the U-20 and U-17 Women’s National Teams, respectively to take positions with the U.S. Women’s National Team. French, who coached the USA at the 2014 and 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cups, will join Ellis’ staff Read more
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GALLERY: WNT Completes Afternoon Training After Morning Weight Lifting Session

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team's first day of training in preparation for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The team completed a morning weight lifting session and later took the field for an afternoon training in Orlando, Fla. The tournament is set to take place from March 1-7, with the USA taking on Germany, England, and France in Chester, Pa., Harrison, N.J., and Washington, D.C., respectiv Read more
WNT Feb 23, 2017

WNT Will Travel to Norway for Friendly Match on June 11

CHICAGO (Feb. 23, 2017) – The U.S. Women’s National Team will play in Europe this summer, traveling to face Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord, which is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo. Five Things to Know About Norway The match, which will kick off at 7:15 p.m. local time (1:15 p.m. ET) will mark the 50th meeting between the historic Read more
WNT Feb 23, 2017

5 Things To Know About Norway

The U.S. WNT will travel to Europe this summer for a friendly match against historic rival Norway. Here are five things to know about a team the USA first played in 1987: The 50th The USA has played Norway 49 times, marking the most games against any opponent besides Canada (55) and China PR (56). The first match between the two countries took place in 1987 in Blaine, Minnesota, a 3-0 U.S. wi Read more
WNT Feb 23, 2017

What is the SheBelieves Campaign?

Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players aim to inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe. What is SheBelieves? Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals an Read more
WNT Feb 22, 2017

GALLERY: WNT Begins SheBelieves Cup Preparations with Weight Lifting Session

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WNT Feb 22, 2017

U.S. Soccer Announces SheBelieves Hero Contest Winner

CHICAGO (Feb, 21, 2017) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team have announced the winner of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The contest aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit. READ: What is SheBelieves? Conceived and developed by U.S. Women’s National Team players,  Read more
WNT Feb 21, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Germany SheBelieves Cup Roster

Germany announced its 2017 SheBelieves Cup roster on Feb. 14, while England revealed its 23-player squad on Feb. 21. This means that France will soon follow suit. As for the USA, head coach Jill Ellis announced a 25-player pre-tournament training camp roster on Feb. 8 and will name the final 23-woman roster closer to the start of the tournament. 5 Things to Know About the SheBelieve Read more
WNT Feb 19, 2017

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WNT Feb 17, 2017

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