Vlatko Andonovski has named the 23 USWNT players who will participate in the Summer Series in Texas.
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)
Per US Soccer press release, Tobin Heath will be in camp as a training player while continuing to rehab her knee injury. Julie Ertz has been ruled out due to an MCL injury she recently sustained with the Chicago Red Stars.
This is a last chance for several of these players to impress Andonovski or seal questionable places in the 18-player Olympic roster as the next set of USWNT home games will be Olympic sendoffs in early July.
Some players are probably a lock, like starting keeper Alyssa Naeher, defenders Crystal Dunn, Abby Dahlkemper, and Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielders Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, and Sam Mewis, and forwards Alex Morgan and Christen Press. With only 18 players allowed at the Olympics, positional flexibility is probably highly attractive at the moment, which may encourage Andonovski to consider players like Midge Purce while also working against someone like Kristie Mewis, who tends to be most effective in one area of the field.
Emerging young players like Alana Cook and Catarina Macario would be good additions to the squad and will no doubt become USWNT locks in the future, but again, the limited roster space will have coaching staff balancing well-tested veterans against high-ceiling but younger players.
Summer Series schedule:
June 10 (BBVA, Houston)
Jamaica vs Nigeria, 5:30 PM ET
USA vs Portugal, 8:30 PM ET, FS1
June 13 (BBVA, Houston)
Portugal vs Nigeria, 7 PM ET
USA vs Jamaica , 10 PM ET, FS1
June 16 (Q2, Austin)
USA vs Nigeria, 9 PM ET, ESPN2