U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 26-player roster for the annual January Camp that will be held for the first time in Europe and will be followed by the USA’s first two matches of the year, against France on Jan. 19 (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1) and against Spain on Jan. 22 (2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 & UDN).
Roster by Position – January Camp (Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 38/0)
DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 30/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 12/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 75/24), Emily Fox (UNC; 2/0), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 149/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 26/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 81/6), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 73/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 62/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 20/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 41/8), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 7/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 265/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 3/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride;153/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 43/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 145/41)
Did You Know...
- Jane Campbell gets her first call-up since last April and joins Alyssa Naeher, Ashlyn Harris and Adrianna Franch in a four-player goalkeeper corps.
- Two players who earned their first two caps during the November trip to Europe were named to the roster in midfielder Danielle Colaprico, who has been playing in Australia during this NWSL off-season, and defender Emily Fox, who helped North Carolina to the NCAA title game this fall.
- Fox, a veteran of the USA’s last two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Teams and one of the top outside backs in the college game, got starts against Portugal and Scotland in November to earn her first two caps. The UNC sophomore earned 34 caps and scored four goals at the U-20 level.
Danielle Colaprico was one of two players to earn a first cap during the WNT's European Camp in November.
- Forward Jessica McDonald, who had a stellar 10-goal season with NWSL champions North Carolina Courage and then scored once in the semifinal and twice in the championship game to help her club claim the 2018 title, gets another call-up after scoring the game-winner in the 1-0 victory against Portugal in November. McDonald also led the NWSL in assists with eight.
- The USA’s most recent meeting with France came at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-1 draw in front of more than 25,000 fans at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., in which Mallory Pugh scored for the USA and Eugénie Le Sommer tallied for France.
- Stade Océane is home to France’s Ligue 2 side Le Havre AC, which over 2015-16 was coached by current LAFC and former U.S. National Team head coach Bob Bradley. It seats around 25,000 fans and will host seven Women’s World Cup matches, including a Round of 16 game and a Quarterfinal.
- Estadio José Rico Pérez in Alicante, located on the central coast of eastern Spain, seats around 30,000 fans.
- France was placed in Group A at the Women’s World Cup, where it will face Korea Republic, Norway and Nigeria, while Spain was drawn into Group B, where it will face Germany, China PR and South Africa.