CHICAGO (Aug. 27, 2018) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Megan Rapinoe has been ruled out of the upcoming friendly matches against Chile due to a rib injury suffered while playing with the Seattle Reign in last Tuesday’s NWSL match against the Houston Dash.
Utah Royals FC forward Amy Rodriguez, who has 131 caps and 30 goals in her international career, has been added to the training camp roster, which features 23 players.
U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 players to the roster for each of the two matches against Chile, taking place on Friday, Aug. 31 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. (8 p.m. PT on ESPN2) and Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2 and UDN).
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position; Caps/Goals
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 32/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 22/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 10/0), Hailie Mace (UCLA; 1/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC: 107/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 141/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 24/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 20/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 77/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 64/16), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 54/6), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 11/3), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 257/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 37/7), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 5/0)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 67/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 136/20), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 145/90), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 103/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 35/11), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)
Last week, U.S. Soccer announced a partnership with Rapinoe and the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to raise awareness and funds for relief efforts to aid the victims of the Carr Fire that severely affected a large swath of Northern California, including areas in and around Rapinoe’s hometown of Redding, Calif. Those efforts have raised more than $70,000 so far and fans can continue to donate at http://www.shastarcf.org/funds/carr-community-fund.
Rapinoe will still join U.S. team in camp for further evaluation of the injury. Both matches against Chile will feature support for the initiative with in-stadium public address announcements and LED field boards.
In addition, at the match in San Jose, U.S. Soccer will host a group from the Redding area who were impacted by the fire. Before the game, a first responder will be honored to represent all those who battled the blaze, which was the seventh largest in California history and most destructive in Shasta County history.
Tickets for the game in Los Angeles are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-888-929-7849 and at the StubHub Center ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Tickets for the match in San Jose are on sale through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. [Note: Tickets are not sold at Avaya Stadium except on the day of the event.]
Groups of 20 or more can order for both games directly at ussoccer.com.