U.S. Soccer

WNT Punches Ticket to Rio With 5-0 Win Against Trinidad & Tobago

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 19, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a berth to its sixth consecutive Olympic Games with a 5-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Canada earned CONCACAF’s other spot with a 3-1 victory against Costa Rica in the other semifinal and will meet the United States in the tournament’s championship game on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. CT live on NBC Universo and NBC Live Extra, and on replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

Alex Morgan’s third career hat trick led the way for the USA as she scored once in the first half and twice in the second while Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd also tallied. Lloyd increased her goals in Olympic Qualifying to 12 and is two goals away from tying Abby Wambach’s record of 14 goals career goals in this tournament.

Hope Solo earned her 94th shutout and recorded her 143rd win, further extending her U.S. records.

On the other end, T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes made more than a few excellent saves to keep the score down.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh), 12th minute:
Mallory Pugh sprinted past a defender down the left flank and cut a pass on the ground back into the middle. Heath made a hard run into the box and beat her defender to the ball to send a powerful spinning left-footed strike into the right side of the net. The goal was Heath’s first since the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final against Japan, USA1, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan), 30th minute: Kelley O’Hara sent a fantastic cross from the right side that Lindsey Horan got under near the far post and headed the ball back into the middle where Alex Morgan was waiting. Morgan used the inside of her left foot to tap it home for her 60th international goal. USA 2, TRI 0. (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 43rd minute: Morgan Brian took a USA corner kick from the right and Carli Lloyd met the cross in the middle of the box to send a powerful header that slipped through the arms and legs of kneeling T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, who up until then had a fantastic game. USA 3, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL).

USA – Alex Morgan, 71st minute: Samantha Mewis headed the ball on goal but T&T defender Jennelle Cunningham was able to clear the ball off the goal line. Alex Morgan jumped on the clearance inside the six-yard box and again headed it on goal but Cunningham once again cleared it out, this time with her head. Morgan then pounced on the second rebound and this time to blasted home a left-footed shot for her second goal of the match. USA 4, TRI 0. (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian), 72nd minute: Julie Johnston passed the ball to Morgan Brian who was just outside the penalty area. Brian the crossed it to the middle of the area where Alex Morgan volleyed it inside of the right post to complete her third career hat trick. USA 5, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
TRI – Kimika Forbes, 3rd minute:
Meghan Klingenberg slipped a pass into the penalty area for Alex Morgan on the left side. Morgan fired hard and low, but Kimika Forbes did a great job to put her body in front of the ball and blocked the attempt with her legs to keep the game scoreless early on.

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 22nd minute: Carli Lloyd outran a pair of defenders into the box and blasted a powerful attempt to the middle of the net but Kimika Forbes was once again alert batted the ball away.

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 29th minute: Carli Lloyd fed Alex Morgan into the left side of the penalty area, but Forbes once again used her body well to block the shot with her legs.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Canada in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. has qualified for its sixth consecutive Olympics and will attempt to win the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship for the fourth consecutive time. The championship final will match can be viewed live NBC Universo and NBC Live Extra, and on replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT extended its streak to nine consecutive games in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, dating back to the Final of the 2008 Qualifying tournament when the U.S. tied Canada 1-1 on April 12, 2008 and went on to win in penalty kicks 6-5.
  • The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks. It remains unbeaten in all-time CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with a 17-0-1 record.
  • Tonight’s match was the second consecutive start for Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh after both were in the starting XI against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. It was also Pugh’s second career start.
    • Johnston and Horan played in their third Olympic qualifier. They both made their Olympic Qualifying debut against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. Samantha Mewis played in her second Olympic Qualifying match when she came in for Horan in the 60th minute.
    • With tonight’s start, five players in the lineup have now seen action in every game so far in the tournament: Lloyd, Morgan, Brian, Klingenberg and Pugh. Lloyd is the only one to have started every match so far in the tournament. Dunn and Press, who came in as subs in the second half in the 66th and 59th, have also played in all four matches.
    • Lloyd and Brian, who play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, played in their home venue, BBVA Compass Stadium and combined for the USA’s third goal.
    • Lloyd is the only player at this year’s Olympic Qualifying tournament to have scored in all four games.
    • Morgan’s hat trick was her first since Nov. 28, 2012, against Ireland.
    • Seven players on the roster have scored a goal in an Olympic Qualifying match for the USA: Lloyd (12), Morgan (9), Dunn (6), Heath (4), Press (3), O’Hara (1) and Mewis (1).
    • Heath’s goal marked her 13th international score.
    • Dunn, Morgan and Lloyd lead the scoring in this year’s tournament with six, five and four goals, respectively.
    • Sauerbrunn made her 99th appearance for the WNT, and could hit the century mark if she plays on Sunday’s championship match.
    • Pugh is the youngest player ever named to a U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster. She also became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic qualifier match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old when she came on for Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. She recorded her first career assist against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. She assisted on another goal in tonight’s match.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd leads the team with 13 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances. With 12 Olympic Qualifying goals scored, Lloyd is two goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic Qualifying. Alex Morgan has nine tallies and Crystal Dunn has six.
  • Lloyd earned her 216th cap tonight while Hope Solo recorded her 189th, extending her own record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Lloyd has now scored 86 international goals and remains in sixth place on the WNT’s all-time scoring list. Lloyd has scored 23 goals in the USA’s last 18 matches starting with the Round of 16 game vs. Colombia at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • With her tally in the 30th minute, Morgan tied Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She then scored two more and with 62 goals now has sole possession of eighth place.
  • Solo played in her 11th Olympic Qualifying match, earning her 94th shutout tonight and 143rd wins.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – Semifinals
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 5,561
Weather: 69 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            3          2          5
TRI                              0          0          0

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            12th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsay Horan)                         30
USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                              43
USA – Alex Morgan                                                    71
USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian)                          73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 60), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (16-Crystal Dunn, 66), 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 59); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 2-Jenelle Cunningham, 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King, 6-Khadidra Debesette, 8-Victoria Swift (11-Janine Francois, 68), 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson (capt.), 10-Tasha St. Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 14-Karyn Forbes, 19-Kennya Cordner
Subs Not Used: 7-Kayla Taylor, 13-Naomie Guerra, 15-Lian Hinds, 16-Jo Marie Lewis, 17-Anastasia Prescott, 18-Shalette Alexander, 20-Saundra Baron
Head coach: Richard Hood

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 27 / 1
Shots on Goal: 15 / 0
Saves:  0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)                27th minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayling Chavarria (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Princess Brown (JAM)
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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WNT Feb 19, 2016

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – Semifinals
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 5,561
Weather: 69 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             3          2          5
TRI                               0          0          0

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                                  12th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsay Horan)                                30
USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                                    43
USA – Alex Morgan                                                       71
USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian)                                 73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 60), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (16-Crystal Dunn, 66), 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 59); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 2-Jenelle Cunningham, 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King, 6-Khadidra Debesette, 8-Victoria Swift (11-Janine Francois, 68), 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson (capt.), 10-Tasha St. Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 14-Karyn Forbes, 19-Kennya Cordner
Subs Not Used: 7-Kayla Taylor, 13-Naomie Guerra, 15-Lian Hinds, 16-Jo Marie Lewis, 17-Anastasia Prescott, 18-Shalette Alexander, 20-Saundra Baron
Head coach: Richard Hood

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 27 / 1
Shots on Goal: 15 / 0
Saves:  0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)                     27th minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayling Chavarria (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Princess Brown (JAM)
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

U-20 WNT Ties Japan 2-2 to Finish Two-Game Set at U.S. Soccer NTC

CARSON, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Both teams scored a goal in each half as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team tied the Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team 2-2 in the second of two matches between the countries at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center.

Japan defeated the USA 2-1 on May 22, scoring in the last minute of second half stoppage time.

For the second game in a row, Japan scored early, this time tallying in the 6th minute as Fuka Kono found some space the left flank, cut inside and hit a right-footed grass cutter that snuck just inside the post.

The USA tied the game in the 25th minute, when Abigail Kim got around her defender on the right flank and sent a cross into the middle that Adrienne Richardson tapped into the net for her first international goal at the U-20 level.

The USA took the lead just a few minutes into the second half. This time Richardson played provider, sending a diagonal ball to Sophia Smith, who dribbled at the net and scored her fifth U-20 goal. She scored her first four during a tournament in La Manga, Spain last March.

Japan equalized in the 62nd minute off a turnover in midfield that led to a 2-on-1 scenario, and Asato Miyagawa finished past U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory for the final score line.

 - U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-20 WNT vs. Japan Under-20 WNT
Date: May 24, 2017  
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
Weather: 70 degrees; sunny, windy

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             1          1          2
JPN                             1          1          2

JPN – Fuka Kono                                                                   6th minute
USA – Adrienne Richardson (Abigail Kim)                              25
USA – Sophia Smith (Adrienne Richardson)                          49
JPN – Asato Miyagawa                                                          62

Lineups:
USA: 12-Laurel Ivory; 14-Isabel Rodriguez (3-Julie Doyle, 63), 4-Tierna Davidson, 21-Naomi Girma (18-Karina Rodriguez, 46), 2-Emily Fox (capt.) (15-Tara McKeown, 33), 19-Adrienne Richardson (10-Viviana Villacorta, 72), 6-Jaelin Howell, 17-Brianna Pinto (8-Savannah DeMelo, 46); 7-Sophia Smith (9-Belle Briede, 63), 16-Civana Kuhlmann (13-Kelsey Turnbow, 63), 11-Abigail Kim (20-Amirah Ali, 72)
Subs not used: 1-Brooke Heinsohn, 5-Sydney Dawson, 22-Amanda McGlynn, 22-Amanda Dennis, 23-Mireya Grey, 24-Taylor Kornieck
Head Coach: Jitka Klimkova

JPN: 21-Mai Fukkuta; 2-Riko Ushijima (7-Mizuka Sato, 59), 13-Hana Takahashi, 12-Reina Nagashima, 23-Miyu Tomit (4-Moeka Minami, 32), 19-Nagisa Sato, 17-Sari Suzuki (5-Asato Miyagawa, 42), 14-Honoka Yonei (22-Mayu Karahashi, 32); 16-Yurina Imai, 6-Mami Muraoka (8-Rina Mehara, 48), 11-Fuka Kono
Subs not used: 1-Aguri Suzuki, 3-Miyu Takahira, 9-Hinata Miyazawa,10-Fuka Nagano, 15-Nana Ono, 18-Hannah Stambough, 20-Niina Yamada
Head Coach: Futoshi Ikeda

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 6 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 8
Saves: 6 / 1
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 3
Offside: 1 / 6

Misconduct Summary: 
None

Officials:
Referee: Jamie Padilla (USA)
Asst. Referee 1: Karen De Leon (USA)
Asst. Referee 2: Alexis Farmer (USA)

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U-20 WNT May 25, 2017

Ellis Convoca a 21 Jugadoras para Partidos en Suecia y Noruega

CHICAGO (25 mayo, 2017) – La directora técnica de Estados Unidos Jill Ellis convocó a 21 jugadoras para el viaje a Escandinavia que incluye un partido contra Suecia el 8 de junio en Gamla Ullevi Stadium en Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET en ESPN2 y UDN) y contra Noruega el 11 de junio en Komplett Arena en Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET en FOX), ubicado en la costa sureste a unas 75 millas al sur de Oslo. Ellis nombrará una nómina de 18 jugadoras para cada partido.

VIEJOS CONOCIDOS
El partido contra Suecia será el primer encuentro entre los dos equipos desde los cuartos de final de los Juegos Olímpicos 2016 en un partido que vio a Suecia avanzar en tiros penales después de un empate de 1-1 en tiempo reglamentario y tiempos extra. Gamla Ullevi alberga a más de 18,000 aficionados y es considerado el estadio nacional de la Selección Femenina de Suecia.

El partido contra Noruega marcará el 50vo encuentro entre las históricas rivales quienes combinaron para ganar los primeros cinco campeonatos femeninos de la FIFA. Komplett Arena tiene una capacidad de 6,500 espectadores.

DIJO ELLIS
"He disfrutado ver los partidos de la liga, pero será magnífico reunir a las jugadoras," dijo Ellis. "Será un viaje corto contra dos equipos muy buenos en su última etapa de preparación para la Euro Copa, así que me emociona ver como respondemos a estos dos rivales de calidad."

USA vs. SUECIA
Estados Unidos ha jugado contra Suecia 37 veces desde 1987 y tiene un registro de 20-6-11 contra las suecas. Solamente RP China (13 empates) ha empatado contra EE.UU. la misma cantidad de veces que Suecia. En los últimos 12 partidos contra Suecia desde 2010, EE.UU. tiene un registro de 4-3-5, haciendo de la rivalidad una de las más competitivas.

USA vs. NORUEGA
Estados Unidos ha jugado contra Noruega en 49 ocasiones – datando desde 1987 – más que ningún otro rival además de Canadá y RP China. EE.UU. tiene un registro de 28-19-2 contra Noruega. Las 19 victorias para Noruega son la mayor cantidad para un rival de EE.UU.; sin embargo, la U.S. WNT tiene una racha de cinco partidos sin perder contra Noruega. La victoria más reciente para Noruega fue en el primer partido de los Juegos Olímpicos 2008, una victoria de 2-0 en Qinhuangdao, China.

AMISTOSOS EN EUROPA
Estos serán los primeros partidos amistosos en Europa para EE.UU. desde febrero del 2015 (EE.UU. ganó la Copa Algarve en marzo de ese año en Portugal), cuando enfrentó a Francia el Lorient (una derrota de 2-0) y a Inglaterra en Milton Keynes (una victoria de 1-0). Anteriormente, EE.UU. había jugado partidos amistosos en Europa contra Alemania (un empate de 3-3) y Países Bajos (una victoria de 3-1) en abril del 2013. La Selección Femenina de EE.UU. hizo una gira similar en el verano del 2008, pero jugó primero contra Noruega, una victoria de 4-0 en Fredrikstad, antes de ir a Skelleftea para la victoria de 1-0.

Nómina de la Selección Femenina de EE.UU. Por Posición - Gira de Escandinavia 2017
ARQUERAS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)
DEFENSAS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)
MEDIOCAMPISTAS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
DELANTERAS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit)

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Espanol May 25, 2017

GALLERY: Jill Ellis Calls 21 Players for WNT June Friendlies in Scandinavia

Photos of the 21 U.S. Women's National Team players called to travel to Scandinavia for matches against Sweden on June 8 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN) and against Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET on FOX), which is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo. Head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 players to the game day roster for each of the matches.

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WNT May 25, 2017

Ellis Ready for Top Competition in Adverse Conditions

In two weeks, the U.S. Women’s National Team will come together for the first time since early April when its two-game tour of Scandinavia gets underway. The USA will square off against two of the best teams in the world when it takes on Sweden on June 8 in Gothenburg and Norway on June 11 in Sandefjord. Today, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis named 21 players for the trip.

In the last six weeks, Ellis has had time to evaluate and observe players both home and abroad and has brought together a group that is performing well and ready to take on the test of playing overseas.

“These are going to be some really good games that will challenge us this year,” Ellis said. “Our goal is to continuously play top-10 teams and the games against Sweden and Norway are just that. It’ll be exciting to see what we face on the road, and for some players this will be their first time going to Europe or going on the road in tough conditions. It will be different but it’s important, and it’s just what we need to face to get better.”

The domestically-based WNT players have all been with their clubs since the start of the NWSL season. The league will enter the seventh of its 20-week schedule this weekend and a few players have already stood out for Ellis, including Samantha Mewis, who has played every minute of every game for North Carolina so far while adding a goal, and Rose Lavelle, who has added an assist and scored two goals while starting every game in her rookie NWSL season.

“Right now, I’m really happy with our young players in the league. Sam [Mewis] and Rose [Lavelle] are looking good. They have scored goals and are playing well. Mallory [Pugh] has obviously just made her NWSL debut which is exciting. Seeing these young players compete every weekend is crucial and now to take them into a hostile environment, it will be invaluable.”

The last time the U.S. women played a pair of friendlies abroad was in 2015 when they faced France (a 2-0 loss) on Feb. 8 in Lorient and England (a 1-0 win) on Feb. 13. Of the 21 players named to Ellis’ roster for this year’s games, 10 were part of the roster for the 2015 matches. Those not part of the squad were Samantha Mewis, Lindsey Horan, Mallory Pugh, Abby Dahlkemper, Casey Short, Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle, Abby Smith, Allie Long and Jaelene Hinkle. For Dahlkemper, Short, Lavelle, Smith and Hinkle, this will be their first trip abroad with the senior WNT.

Returning to the roster for the Europe friendlies is Leroux, who was last in with the team in January Camp of 2016 but then missed the entire year due to pregnancy and the birth of her son. She has been back on the field as a starter for FC Kansas City since Week 1 of the 2017 NWSL season. Leroux has 75 caps with the WNT and 35 goals.

Also, back for the first time since 2016 are North Carolina Courage teammates Abby Dahlkemper and Jaelene Hinkle. Dahlkemper and Hinkle have helped the Courage to a 4-2-0 record so far this season, allowing only one goal through the first four weeks of the year. The only other newcomer is Boston Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith who erns her first call-up to the National Team. Smith currently ranks fifth in the NWSL with 22 saves, helping Boston to a 2-2-2 record.

The U.S. will face Sweden on June 8 (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & UDN), followed by Norway on June 11 (1 p.m. ET on FOX).

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WNT May 25, 2017

Ellis Names 21-Player Roster for Matches in Sweden and Norway

CHICAGO (May 25, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 21 players to travel to Scandinavia for matches against Sweden on June 8 at Gamla Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg (1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and UDN) and against Norway on June 11 at Komplett Arena in Sandefjord (1 p.m. ET on FOX), which is located on the southeast coast about 75 miles south of Oslo. Ellis will name 18 players to the game day roster for each of the matches.

OLD RIVALS
The match against Sweden will mark the first meeting between the teams since the quarterfinal of the 2016 Olympics, which saw Sweden triumph in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 tie through regulation and overtime. Gamla Ullevi seats just over 18,000 fans and is known as the national stadium for the Sweden Women’s National Team. 

The match against Norway will be the 50th meeting between the historic rivals who combined to win the first five FIFA world championships for women. Komplett Arena seats about 6,500 fans.

SAID ELLIS:
"I have enjoyed watching the league games, but it will be great to get the players back together," Ellis said. "This will be a quick trip against two very good teams in final preparations for the Euros, so I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond to these two quality opponents." 

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position – Scandinavia Tour 2017
GOALKEEPERS (2): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit) 

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WNT May 25, 2017
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