ELLIS NAMES 26 PLAYERS TO U.S. WNT TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
FOR JUNE 14 AND 19 MATCHES AGAINST FRANCE
Ellis Names First Roster as Official Head Coach of U.S. Women's National Team
CHICAGO (June 2, 2014) - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the training camp roster in preparation for two games against France - currently ranked fourth in the world by FIFA - on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.
"Two matches against such a high-level team will give us a picture of where we are," said Ellis, who was named the eighth head coach in U.S. Women's National Team history on May 16. "Establishing how we want to play and integrating our philosophy is an important first step for a new coaching staff, but these types of matches will give us a wonderful opportunity to build on and keep testing out the player pool."
Several players return to the roster after extended absences ranging from two months in the case of Kristie Mewis, who has recovered from an ankle injury, to much longer in the case of forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Shannon Boxx.
Boxx, who has 186 caps and 27 goals, is coming in for training and evaluation only and will not play in the matches as she mounts her comeback after having a daughter in late February. A three-time Olympic gold medalist, Boxx makes her return to the roster for the first time since March of 2013 at the Algarve Cup.
The availability of Morgan for the matches will be determined pending an evaluation by the team's medical and performance staff of her progression toward international play. Morgan, who is at the tail end of her recovery from an ankle injury, has 44 goals in 70 matches, but has not appeared for the USA since November of 2013.
The roster features 25 players currently signed with National Women's Soccer League clubs as Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg have returned to the league after helping Tyresö of Sweden to the brink of the UEFA Women's Champions League title. Tobin Heath's French league season came to a close on June 1, but her club will play in the French Cup Final on June 7 against Olympique Lyon. Forward Sarah Hagen will complete her highly successful run with Bayern Munich on June 8 and then return to make her NWSL debut for FC Kansas City. The only non-professional on the roster is rising college senior Morgan Brian from Virginia.
- Jill Ellis will name 18 players from the 26-woman roster to suit up for each match.
- Portland Thorns FC midfielder Allie Long gets her second WNT call-up after earning her first cap against Canada on May 8 in Winnipeg.
- The U.S. Women's National Team has launched its own Instagram account. Fans can now follow the U.S. Women's National Teams at http://instagram.com/ussoccer_wnt.
- The USA is 6-2-2 in 2014.
- Two regulars are still injured and unavailable for selection in midfielder Megan Rapinoe (foot) and defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (ankle).
- U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo has 70 shutouts, one away from tying Briana Scurry for first on the USA's all-time shutout list.
- Amy Rodriguez comes into the camp tied for the NWSL lead in goals with eight in 10 games.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (7): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
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U.S. WNT TO FACE FRANCE IN SUMMER FRIENDLIES
ON JUNE 14 IN FLORIDA AND JUNE 19 IN CONNECTICUT
WNT Returns to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on June 14
to Face France for First Time Since 2012 Olympics;
June 19 Rematch at Rentschler Field Marks Fifth WNT Visit to East Hartford, Connecticut
CHICAGO (May 5, 2014) - The U.S. Women's National Team will face France in a pair of summer friendlies on June 14 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, and June 19 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Both matches kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ussoccer.com. Fans can also follow both games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Tickets for both games go on sale to the public Friday, May 9, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com. For the match in Tampa, tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Tampa Bay region (including Walmart).
For the event in Connecticut, tickets can also be purchased by phone at 1-877-522-8499 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET only) and at the XL Center ticket office starting Monday, May 12 (open Monday-Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.) [Note: Tickets are not sold at either Raymond James Stadium or Rentschler Field except on the day of the event.]
For both games, groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290. Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for both matches before the sale to the general public. This advance sale starts Thursday, May 8, at 10 a.m. ET and runs until Friday, May 9, at 8 a.m. at ussoccer.com. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.
The U.S. and France have not met since the opening match of the 2012 Olympics, when the USA overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 on its way to winning the gold medal.
France, which is fourth in the latest FIFA Women's World Rankings, is widely hailed as one of the most talented women's soccer countries and features some of the world's best players at their positions. The squad is made up primarily of players from two of top women's clubs in Europe, Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. France was expected to contend for the title at last summer's UEFA Women's Championships but was upset on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round by Denmark despite dominating the match.
The U.S. Women do not have an extensive history against France, having played just 14 times and only twice since 2006. The two most recent encounters, however, were both epic matches in world championships. The USA defeated France 3-1 on July 13, 2011, in the FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal in Monchengladbach, Germany. The U.S. also won the Olympic curtain raiser 4-2 on July 25, 2012, in Glasgow, Scotland, as Alex Morgan scored twice, while Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd contributed a goal each.
- The USA is 13-0-1 all-time against France.
- France is off to a fine start in its 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying campaign, having won all four Group 7 matches to date by a 31-1 margin.
- The U.S. WNT has made one previous appearance at Raymond James Stadium, defeating the Korea Republic 1-0 on Nov. 8, 2008, during the USA's post-Olympic tour.
- This will be the USA's sixth appearance in Tampa, having also played three matches at Pepin/Rood Stadium in the 1990s and one at the old Tampa Stadium in 1996.
- The U.S. has played eight previous matches in Connecticut and hold a 5-2-1 overall record when playing in the Nutmeg state. Four of those matches have come at Rentschler Field where the team holds an undefeated 3-0-1 all-time record.
- The largest crowd to attend a Women's National Team game in Connecticut turned up at Rentschler Field in Oct. 2012, as 18,870 saw the U.S. tie Germany 2-2.
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