May 18, 2016
ON THE TEAM AGAIN
Rampone called in for Japan friendlies
CHICAGO - Christie Rampone is back with the U.S. women's national team.
The veteran defender, and Sky Blue FC teammate and defender Kelley O'Hara were among the 25 players invited to training camp prior to a pair of June friendlies against Japan.
Rampone has not played for the USA since September of last year during the Women's World Cup Victory Tour, but has since recovered from knee surgery and has played in all five matches for Sky Blue FC this National Women's Soccer League season.
The USA will come together in Denver on May 27 in advance of its June 2 meeting with Japan at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (9 p.m. ET on FS1) and then will travel to Cleveland for the second leg of the two-game set on June 5 at FirstEnergy Stadium (12:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
USA head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each match.
"We are going with a slightly larger roster for this camp than the last few, so internally we can play in more 11v11 training scenarios," Ellis said. "My staff and I have been watching the league play, and now we get to evaluate them back together. Both environments are important."
Also named to the team was Washington Spirit forward Crystal Dunn, who hails from Rockville Centre, N.Y.
The U.S. roster features three players who are natives to the Denver area in midfielder Lindsey Horan, forward Mallory Pugh and defender Jaelene Hinkle. The match in Colorado is sold out while nearly 19,000 tickets have been sold for the game in Cleveland as the USA and Japan meet for the first times since the historic championship game of the 2015 Women's World Cup. U.S. captain
Carli Lloyd, who recorded a hat-trick in that match, is not on the roster as she continues rehabilitation of a strained MCL suffered during NWSL play with the Houston Dash.
Hope Solo enters the matches with 98 career shutouts and the possibility of hitting 100, making her the first goalkeeper in U.S. history to achieve that milestone. Solo has eight shutouts in her nine wins this year.
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (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), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)