March 22, 2016
ON THE ROSTER
Long, O'Hara, Dunn called in for U.S. women's friendlies vs. Colombia next month
CHICAGO - Three players with local ties -- midfielder Allie Long, defender Kelley O'Hara and midfielder-forward Crystal Dunn -- Tuesday were named to the U.S. women's national team 23-player roster for a pair of friendlies vs. Colombia next month.
|Allie Long, celebrating a winning goal with Christine Sinclair a few years ago, has be called into the U.S. women's national team again.
Photo by John Rieger/Courtesy of Portland Thorns FC
Long, a former Northport High School and Long Island Fury and Albertson Express standout, has been capped four times in 2014. She performs for the Portland Thorns in the National Women's Soccer League.
O'Hara, a member of the 2015 Women's World Cup championship team, plys her trade with Sky Blue FC.
And Dunn, a Rockville Centre, N.Y. native and former Albertson Fury who earned NWSL MVP honors after leading the league in scoring, plays for the Washington Spirit.
The USA will train in Orlando, Fla. for six days before heading to Connecticut for an April 6 match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford (7 p.m. on FS1). The teams will meet again on April 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (2 p.m. ET. on ESPN).
Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each match.
"We don't have that many international matches before the Olympics, so every game takes on increased importance as far as the performance of the players, the evolution of the relationships among the positions and the overall growth of the team," Ellis said in a statement. "Most of the players will be coming in from NWSL pre-seasons so we expect everyone to be sharp and we are looking forward to the challenges that a team like Colombia will present as we continue our Olympic preparations."
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 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 (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues)