De­fend­ing cham­pion US to open camp ahead of the World Cup

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Two goals away from reach­ing 100 for her ca­reer, for­ward Alex Mor­gan is on the ros­ter for the US women’s na­tional team as it opens train­ing camp ahead of the World Cup in France this sum­mer.

Mor­gan was among 26 play­ers named to the ros­ter by coach Jill El­lis on Fri­day. The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons leave for Por­tu­gal on Satur­day and will play a pair of ex­hi­bi­tion matches against France and Spain later in the month.

Tierna David­son, Kel­ley O’Hara and Mc­Call Zer­boni have re­turned to the team fol­low­ing in­juries. David­son broke her an­kle in Septem­ber while play­ing for Stan­ford. Zer­boni frac­tured her el­bow in a match for the US team against Chile, and O’Hara is com­ing off an­kle surgery.

El­lis in­cluded four goal­keep­ers in the camp: Ash­lyn Har­ris and Alyssa Nae­her are joined by Jane Camp­bell and Adri­anna Franch. Camp­bell, re­turn­ing af­ter her last call-up in April, has three ap­pear­ances with the team while Franch is still look­ing for her first cap.

Also in­cluded was de­fender Emily Fox, com­ing off her sopho­more sea­son at North Carolina. She made her first two ap­pear­ances with the United States in Novem­ber.

“We recog­nise that we have for­mally en­tered a World Cup year and I know the play­ers’ fo­cus and en­thu­si­asm will re­flect the im­por­tance of the work we have to do in Jan­uary,” El­lis said in a state­ment Fri­day.

The ros­ter by po­si­tion, with club af­fil­i­a­tion.

Goal­keep­ers: Jane Camp­bell (Houston Dash), Adri­anna Franch (Port­land Thorns), Ash­lyn Har­ris (Or­lando Pride) and Alyssa Nae­her (Chicago Red Stars).

De­fend­ers: Abby Dahlkem­per (NC Courage), Tierna David­son (Stan­ford), Crys­tal Dunn (NC Courage), Emily Fox (North Carolina), Kel­ley O’Hara (Utah Roy­als), Becky Sauer­brunn (Utah Roy­als), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars) and Emily Son­nett (Port­land Thorns).

Mid­field­ers: Mor­gan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Danielle Co­laprico (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lind­sey Ho­ran (Port­land Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Wash­ing­ton Spirit), Sa­man­tha Mewis (NC Courage) and Mc­Call Zer­boni (NC Courage).

For­wards: Tobin Heath (Port­land Thorn), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue), Jes­sica McDon­ald (NC Courage), Alex Mor­gan (Or­lando Pride), Chris­ten Press (Utah Roy­als), Mal­lory Pugh (Wash­ing­ton Spirit), Me­gan Rapi­noe (Seat­tle Reign).

Alex Mor­gan, of the US, shoots on goal against Chile

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