Jill Ellis has named 24 players to her training camp roster as the USWNT prepares to face South Africa in one of two friendlies before they leave for the Olympics.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): 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), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign 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)
Returning to the team from injury are Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe, who were both rehabbing knee injuries. Rapinoe tore her ACL in December of last year while preparing for a friendly in Hawaii that was eventually cancelled due to the players' refusal to play on what they felt was a substandard surface. She's been in a race since then to rehab her knee in time for the Olympics and it looks like she'll get her shot to prove she's match fit.
Players enter camp July 1, making this upcoming weekend the last one WNT players will be available for their clubs before the South Africa friendly.
Olympic rosters are due in early July, so assuming USSF doesn't release the Olympic roster before the game, the players we see against South Africa should be a very strong indicator of the final 18 for Rio. Out of the 24, 18 will go, four will be named alternates, and two will be cut outright.
USA vs South Africa kicks off at 1 PM ET on Saturday, July 9 and will be broadcast on FS1.