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Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan are all in the team for the friendly in North Carolina.

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Jill Ellis has named her United States team to play Switzerland when the two meet on August 20 in Cary, NC. As per usual, the team is headlined by Abby Wambach, Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan.

Hope Solo is in the team despite her ongoing legal issues. Her trial date for misdemeanor assault is not until November and U.S. Soccer, like the Seattle Reign, appears set to let her play until the legal process.

After the U.S. plays Switzerland, they will have just two more friendlies left before World Cup qualifying in October so time is running out for Ellis to mold the team the way she wants. She was given the short stick by being asked to take over the team just seven months after the dismissal of Tom Sermanni and, to make things tougher, the first few were as an interim coach. The Americans were sputtering under Sermanni and haven't been much better since Ellis took over, putting pressure on the team less than a year before the Women's World Cup.

The U.S. called in an entirely NWSL-based team as they continue to favor those in the domestic league. It's also a team full of familiar faces as the same players keep getting chances to turn things around

Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

Defenders: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)