Jill Ellis has named the first USWNT roster of the new year, calling in 26 players for a training camp in California ahead of the team’s first 2018 friendly against Euro runner-up Denmark.
Camp will run January 6 - 21, after which Ellis will name a final roster of 18 players to face Denmark while also keeping in mind the bigger test ahead, SheBelieves in March. The U-23s are also in camp and will overlap will the senior WNT. Ellis may take this opportunity to look at her youth pool, but it’s unlikely a U-23 will manage to claw their way into the Denmark roster.
Returning to USWNT camp after a long absence is Meghan Klingenberg. She hasn’t played since June 2017 when the team played away against Sweden and Norway. Klingenberg wasn’t injured; she simply didn’t seem to have a place in Ellis’ defense at the time. She may end up not getting named to the final roster either, with eight players to be cut. But it’s a new year, and so perhaps a new slate for several players.
Of note, Ellis continues to list Sofia Huerta as a defender, which indicates she’ll be fighting for time as a right back.
The United States faces Denmark on Sunday, January 21 at 7:30 PM ET.
DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC; 73/3), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 104/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 135/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 7/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 43/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 246/98), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 7/0)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 57/22), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; 0/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 96/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 129/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)