U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a 21-player roster that will travel to Canada in preparation for the USA’s friendly match against the host on June 2 at Toronto’s BMO Field. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPNews.

 

Sermanni named 15 players currently competing for clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League, four players who are playing in Europe and two rising college seniors. Sermanni will name 18 players from the training camp roster to suit up against Canada at BMO Field, which is sold out for the first meeting between these two countries since the epic semifinal match at the 2012 Olympics.

 

The match, which marks the first friendly for the U.S. Women during the inaugural season of the NWSL, is part of U.S. Soccer’s Centennial Celebration weekend, which also includes the U.S. Men’s National Team facing Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on June 2 at 2:30 p.m. ET, live on ESPN2, WatchESPN and UniMas.

 

“It’s always an important match when you play a neighbor, and with the strong contingent of Canadian players in the new league and how close the competition has become between the two countries over the past few years, there’s an intensity about this game far greater than a typical international friendly,” said Sermanni. “I know our players are really looking forward to the match and to the crowd, but also to getting back together as a national team and continuing to evolve in a positive direction.”

 

USA Women’s National Team Roster for International Friendly against Canada:

 

Goalkeepers:
Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City),
Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit),
Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC) 

Defenders:
Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC),
Crystal Dunn (North Carolina),
Whitney Engen (Liverpool),
Julie Johnston (Santa Clara),
Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit),
Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC),
Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC),
Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

 

Midfielders:
Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich),
Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City),
Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain),
Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash),
Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City),
Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)

 
Forwards:
Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers),
Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC),
Christen Press (Tyresö),
Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

 

Due to the one-off match, which takes place on an official FIFA match date, as well the roster limitations, Sermanni chose not to call up several European-based players who were with the USA at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, including midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who has the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final coming up as well as the championship match of the French Cup with Olympique Lyon. 

 
“Megan has two big matches coming up and we thought it best for all involved for her to stay in France to properly recover from the first and prepare for the second without that international travel mixed in between,” said Sermanni. “We wish Megan the best in her pursuit of what would be a tremendous achievement in winning the treble with Lyon, and we’ll see her on the East Coast for the South Korea matches in mid-June.”

 
The two college players named to the roster are defenders Crystal Dunn and Julie Johnston, both critical components of the team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan last year. Both have performed well since debuting for the USA at the beginning of 2013. The only uncapped player on the roster is midfielder Amber Brooks, a former U-17, U-20 and U-23 U.S. international. A veteran of two FIFA youth World Cups for the USA, she trained with the team in Germany in April, but this the first time she has been named to an official WNT roster.

 
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who underwent wrist surgery in early March, will join the U.S. team in Canada for some training and evaluation of her wrist but will not be on the game roster. The U.S. coaching and medical staff is hoping for the world’s top ‘keeper to make a return to full fitness by mid-June.

 

“Hope’s rehabilitation has been progressing well, but we want to make sure she doesn’t jump back into competition prematurely,” said Sermanni. “The week in Canada seemed like the perfect time to give our medical staff and our goalkeeper coach, Paul Rogers, the chance to gauge her progress. Then we can take the appropriate steps to make a plan for her return to action.”

 

The match also marks the return to the U.S. roster of midfielder Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Jill Loyden, both of whom have recovered from broken bones (shoulder and hand, respectively) suffered last March at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Lloyd debuted for the Western New York Flash on May 11 while Loyden has yet to see league action for Sky Blue FC.

 

Source: US Soccer

 

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    Women's Soccer United 6 years ago

    Thank you for your article Asa, I appreciate you taking the time to find out facts about the English National Team’s progress so far.

     

    It’s very easy to forget the achievements of the early year’s of England Women’s National Team, but it should never be disregarded, I am sure they had very limited or no support at that time, especially if you compare to now.

     

    I am really looking forward to the WWC2015 qualifiers, as I have said previously I am not worried about the National Team in England as there is so many talented players young and old and I believe they are more than capable. 

     

    As you said at the end of your article you will always support the England team, I agree with you and will take it further that the support goes out for every national side, as I believe they all have their own individual barriers to overcome (some worse than others) and as a fan of the global women’s football game I wish nothing but success for everyone who puts their time and effort into the beautiful sport.

     

  2. Ken Suzuki 7 years ago

    @Gromit,

    It’s not my intention at all to say Press does not deserve selection. Still, if Sermanni, or anyone, wouldn’t even bother test her and Bev to determine which is the better goal-getter it’s a precarious confidence. I have been watching Bev since she appeared in Nadeshiko League a year ago. She is almost a different person, after the super-impressive progress she made.

  3. gromit 7 years ago

    @Ken – I think that Press really deserves her selection. I’ve never been over-enthusiastic about Le Roux. She’s a good player, no doubt, but millions miles away from Morgan. But I prefer probably Le Roux to Amy Rodriguez.

    I understand what you say about Wambach, of course. But the difference between Sawa and Wambach is that Homare can really keep running during 90 minutes as she was doing five years ago ;o)

  4. Ken Suzuki 7 years ago

    @Gromit,

    I think Wambach in US national team takes very similar position with Sawa in Nadeshiko Japan. Yes, even a legend retires eventually, but presence of such player brings more benefits than mere preformance in game. Anyway, Abby was elected global MVP only 4 months ago.

    I rather have players like Leroux and Press in mind as Bev’s competitor. It looks to me they are selected over Bev simply because their play is better known in America. (And for this reason, I hope NWSL will send its winner to IWCC in November. Americans will find they have been missing a great asset for their NT. If, for example, Portland comes then we can compare Sinclair, Morgan and Goebel-Yanez side by side.)

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