Jill Ellis names 23 players to USWNT roster for matches against Canada
USA Will Finish 2017 Schedule on Nov. 9 at BC Place and Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium
USA Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 23 players to the training camp roster for the final two matches of 2017 as the USA faces Canada on Nov. 9 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2, Univision app and UDN delayed at 1 a.m. ET) and on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif. (6 p.m. PT on FS1). Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each of the two matches.
Canada is ranked fifth in the world after a bronze medal finish at the 2016 Olympics, but the teams haven’t played since the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which the USA won 2-0 to take the regional title after both teams had already qualified for Brazil by winning semifinal matches.
“To play Canada in Vancouver is another excellent challenge for our team. It’s a great rivalry with some classic history and these two matches in the home-and-home series will cap an important year in our growth towards 2019. We’ve targeted and evaluated a lot of players this year and moving forward, I’m genuinely excited to keep building with the group we have now.”
Of the 23 players Ellis named to this roster, 18 helped the USA to two wins against Korea Republic in October. Veteran Tobin Heath returns from an ankle knock suffered in the NWSL title game, while defender Taylor Smith has recovered from a shoulder injury suffered in that same game. Adrianna Franch, the 2017 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, returns to the WNT roster after an excellent club season in which she helped the Portland Thorns win the league title. She most recently participated in a WNT training camp in January of this year.
Ellis has recalled Portland Thorns defender Emily Sonnett, who is playing in Australia’s W-League during the NWSL off-season with Sydney FC. Sonnett has 12 caps for the USA.
Ellis has given a first call-up to Chioma Ubogagu of Orlando Pride who will train as an outside back after playing that position at times with her club this season. Ubogagu was a key member of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team along with current WNT players Samantha Mewis, Julie Ertz, Crystal Dunn and Morgan Brian.
The match in San Jose will mark a homecoming of sorts for numerous WNT players with ties to the Bay Area. Defender Kelley O’Hara, forward Christen Press, goalkeeper Jane Campbell and Ubogagu all attended Stanford, while Andi Sullivan currently plays for the Cardinal. Defender Abby Dahlkemper is from Menlo Park (about 18 miles from Avaya Stadium), forward Alex Morgan attended UC Berkeley across the Bay and, defenders Julie Ertz and Sofia Huerta attended Santa Clara University, which is adjacent to Avaya Stadium. Forward Lynn Williams is from Fresno, Calif., about 150 miles southeast of Avaya Stadium.
USWNT squad to play Canada
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0),
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0),
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0),
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0)
Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 11/0),
Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0),
Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2),
Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 133/0),
Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 17/0),
Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 5/0),
Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0),
Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride; 0/0)
Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 55/13),
Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 41/4),
Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 244/97),
Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 32/6),
Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 32/7),
Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 5/0)
Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 132/18),
Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 132/78),
Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 94/44),
Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 127/34),
Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 13/4)