Both Christen Press and Tobin Heath will be unavailable for the United States’ upcoming friendy against Portugal, and presumably also against Scotland. USSF made the announcement today via press release previewing the games. Press has a family commitment and Heath has a personal commitment, leaving the roster now at 22 players.
DEFENDERS (7): 7- Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 28/0), 19- Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 73/24), 25- Emily Fox(UNC; 0/0), 12-Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 147/0), 14- Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), 2-Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 22- Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), 8- Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 71/18); 9- Lindsey Horan(Portland Thorns FC; 61/7), 16- Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 18/6), 20- Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), 3- Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 40/8), 6- Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 10/0)
FORWARDS (5): 10- Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 262/105), 21- Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 1/0), 13- Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 151/97), 11- Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 41/12), 15- Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 144/41)
Of all the players in camp seeking to get minutes, this change probably impacts Jess McDonald the most, as both Heath and Press leaving has shortened the forward bench a bit. McDonald could very likely come on as a sub, with a starting front three of Rapinoe, Morgan, and Pugh.
USA vs Portugal
Thursday, November 8
1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
USA vs Scotland
Tuesday, November 13
2 PM ET / 11 AM PT