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U-23 WNT Will Participate in Thorns Spring Invitational Against NWSL Teams for Second Year in a Row

CHICAGO (February 15, 2018) – For the second year in a row, the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will participate in the Thorns Spring Invitational, which will run from March 11-17 in Portland, Oregon, as the USA takes on three NWSL teams at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland.

This is the third year the pre-season tournament has been contested and will feature the U.S. U-23 WNT, Portland Thorns FC, the Chicago Red Stars and the Houston Dash.

The tournament will consist of three match days, with an early game that has free admission and then a later match featuring the Thorns that will be a ticketed event.

The USA opens against the Dash on Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 a.m. PT while will Portland take on Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. On Wednesday, March 14, Chicago takes on Houston at 1:30 p.m. PT and the USA will face the Thorns at 7:30 p.m. PT. The USA finishes against the Red Stars on Saturday, March 17 at 1:30 p.m. and Portland ends the tournament against Houston at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for preseason tournament matches featuring Thorns FC are general admission. Individual tickets for the three Portland preseason matches, starting at $7, go on sale to the general public starting Friday, Feb. 23, at 10 a.m. PT online at www.thornsfc.com.

At this event last year, with a team made up entirely of college-aged players and youth club players, the U.S. U-23 WNT fell 2-1 to the Dash as current WNT player Savannah McCaskill scored, defeated the Thorns 2-1 on goals from Michelle Xiao of Stanford and 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year Sophia Smith, and then drew 0-0 with the Red Stars.

2018 THORNS SPRING INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE – All Games at Merlo Field; University of Portland
Sunday, March 11
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Houston Dash                     11:30 a.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars         5 p.m. PT

Wednesday, March 14
Chicago Red Stars vs. Houston Dash                 1:30 p.m. PT
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns FC              7:30 p.m. PT

Saturday, March 17
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars               1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Houston Dash               7:30 p.m. PT

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U-23 WNT Feb 15, 2018

Gallery: Ellis Calls 26 Players to Preliminary Roster for 2018 SheBelieves Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the preliminary roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The tournament features FIFA-ranked No. 1 USA, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 England and No. 6 France playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period.

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WNT Feb 14, 2018

Ellis Names 26 Players to Preliminary Roster for 2018 SheBelieves Cup

CHICAGO (Feb. 14, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the preliminary roster for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The tournament features FIFA-ranked No.1 USA, No. 2 Germany, No. 3 England and No. 6 France playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period as four of the world’s premier teams meet over six games in a display of the highest levels of competition in women’s soccer.

Ellis will finalize the 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup near the end of camp before the team heads to Columbus. Forward Crystal Dunn and midfielder Morgan Brian will remain in Europe with their club teams during training camp in Orlando, but will join the USA in Columbus if named to the final 23-player tournament roster.

ROSTER BY POSITION - CAPS/GOALS

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 14/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 1/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 0/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 105/2), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (Washington Spirit; 8/0), Emily Sonnett (Sydney FC, AUS/Portland Thorns FC; 13/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 58/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 44/4), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 7/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 247/98), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 8/0)
FORWARDS (8): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG/NC Courage; 58/23), Ashley Hatch (Melbourne City FC, AUS/Washington Spirit; 1/0), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 135/81), Christen Press (Houston Dash; 97/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 30/8), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 130/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 16/4) 


Morgan and Pugh are two of the eight forwards comprising this roster.

U.S. WNT HEAD COACH, JILL ELLIS
“We had a productive training camp in January and a quality performance against Denmark to open the year, so the goal in the training portion of this camp is to refine our roles and relationships within our style of play. We will again have the majority of our core players back in and we’ll have the numbers to be able to play 11v11 before finalizing the tournament roster.”

SCHEDULE

Date

Matches

Stadium

City

Kickoff

TV

March 1

England vs. France

MAPFRE Stadium

Columbus, Ohio

4 p.m. ET

March 1

USA vs. Germany

MAPFRE Stadium

Columbus, Ohio

7 p.m. ET  

ESPN2

March 4

USA vs. France

Red Bull Arena               

Harrison, N.J.    

12 p.m. ET

ESPN2 

March 4

Germany vs. England

Red Bull Arena                

Harrison, N.J.     

3 p.m. ET  

March 7

France vs. Germany

Orlando City Stadium            

Orlando, Fla.

4 p.m. ET

March 7

USA vs. England

Orlando City Stadium            

Orlando, Fla.

7 p.m. ET  

ESPNews

WNT
The U.S. WNT will return to Red Bull Arena on March 4.

TICKETS
Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before the game, and other unique benefits) will be available only for the March 4 event at Red Bull Arena exclusively through ussoccer.com. To receive notifications directly and for early ticket access, join U.S. Soccer’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat.

DID YOU KNOW…

  • The second annual SheBelieves Hero contest is underway, and will run until Feb. 19 as the four finalists vie to earn the title of SheBelieves Hero. More information and voting here.
  • For the first time, this yearU .S. Soccer is set to host its SheBelieves Summit. Set for March 3 in NYC, the Summit is a day-long event meant to celebrate opportunity, empower attendees and equip young women with the inspiration, tools and connections to pursues and accomplish their goals – in life, in school, on fields and in their future careers. More information here.
  • U.S. captain Carli Lloyd is the most capped player on the roster with 247 games played and is two goals away from becoming the sixth player in U.S. history to score 100 international goals. Alex Morgan is the next highest scorer on the roster with 81 goals.
  • Mallory Pugh leads the USA in scoring in 2018 after bagging two goals in the opening game of the year, a 5-1 in against Denmark on Jan. 21.
  • 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year Julie Ertz comes into the camp with 58 caps and 15 goals.
  • Twenty-three of the players on the preliminary roster were part of the USA’s January Camp in Los Angeles with Hailie Mace, who gets her first senior team call-up, as the only newcomer. Morgan Brian has not been in a WNT training camp since last September.
  • Mace, a rising senior at UCLA, led the Bruins in scoring last season with 15 goals and three assists while helping her team to the NCAA title game. Up until the last college season in which she played forward, Mace played defense and has trained with the U.S. U-23 WNT in the back as well. She has started 62 consecutive games for UCLA.
  • Forward Ashley Hatch earned her first WNT cap on Oct. 19, 2016, while still in college at BYU. She came off the bench against Switzerland in Sandy, Utah, in a 4-0 win, and this is her first WNT call-up since then. Hatch, the second pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft, was the NWSL Rookie of the Year last season for the North Carolina Courage after scoring seven goals with one assist. Hatch, who is playing with Melbourne City FC in Australia during the NWSL off-season, was traded to the Spirit on January 16.
  • The 2018 SheBelieves Cup will mark the debut of new England head coach Phil Neville, the former Manchester United and Everton star and England National Team defender.
  • Three of the four coaches in the tournament are women: the USA’s Jill Ellis, Corinne Diacre of France and Steffi Jones from Germany.
  • Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (foot), midfielder Samantha Mewis (knee) and forward Tobin Heath (ankle) are progressing well in their return from injuries, but are not ready for game action.
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WNT Feb 14, 2018
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