December 31, 2015
O'Hara, Dunn to train with U.S. women in January camp; Rampone (arthroscopic surgery) won't be
CHICAGO – U.S. Women’s national head coach Jill Ellis Friday named 26 players for the first training camp of 2016.
|Sky Blue defender Kelley O'Hara was called into national team camp next month.
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The camp will lead into the first match of the year against the Republic of Ireland on January 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego (5 p.m. ET, FS1).
Sky Blue FC defender Kelley O'Hara was called into camp. Teammate and long-time U.S. captain Christie Rampone underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee before Christmas and will be sidelined four-six weeks.
Rockville Centre, N.Y. native and Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn, the National Women's Soccer League MVP and goal-scoring champion, also was chosen.
The U.S. team will begin training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., Tuesday and practice through Jan. 21 when the squad will head south to prepare for its final game before the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship begins in Texas Feb. 10.
“This camp begins the next chapter of this program,” Ellis said. “We’ll have just over two weeks together to begin to build cohesion and integrate the younger players into our processes, and then we will regroup for Olympic qualifying. The leadership and experience of our returning World Cup players will give us a solid starting point on which to build, and we are looking forward to the next challenge.”
Twenty-four of the 26 players were with the USA during the final stretch of the Women’s World Cup Victory Tour in December, with Ellis adding Portland Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch and 17-year-old forward Mallory Pugh, who recently captained the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team to a 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup berth and the CONCACAF title at the qualifying tournament in Honduras.
Ellis will name 18 players to suit up against Ireland and will name the roster for Olympic Qualifying following that match
Of the 23 players on the 2015 Women’s World Cup team, 16 will attend training camp.
The seven WWC players not attending including four players who have retired (Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny, Lauren Holiday and Abby Wambach) and two players who are injured.
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe is in the beginning of her rehab from ACL surgery.
Forward Amy Rodriguez is pregnant with her second child and will be off the soccer field for a large part of the year.
Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch received her first call-up since 2013. She played last season with Avaldsnes IL in Norway but has returned to the NWSL (where she played for the Western New York Flash in 2013) to play for the Portland Thorns during the 2016 season.
Mallory Pugh, who will turn 18 in April, is one of the youngest field players called into the full U.S. WNT in the past 15 years.
The average age of this January training camp roster is 26.1 years.
The average of the Women’s World Cup Team was 29.2 years.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (PSG), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Sydney Leroux (Western New York Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)