Head coach Jill Ellis named the 23-player roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup that kicks off this Wednesday night at Talon Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. The first doubleheader features England vs France at 4 pm ET, followed by USWNT v Germany at 7 pm ET. The USWNT match airs live on FS1.
Here’s a quick look at the USWNT roster for the tournament:
18 of the 23 players on the USWNT roster are currently with NWSL clubs. Eight of the ten clubs are represented, with only Seattle and Washington having no players on the roster. Chicago and Portland have the most players, with four each – Julie Johnston, Alyssa Naeher, Christen Press & Casey Short from the Red Stars, and Tobin Heath, Lindsay Horan, Allie Long and Emily Sonnett from the Thorns.
3 players are with European clubs for the spring – Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies), Carli Lloyd (Manchester City), and Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais).
1 player is in college – Mallory Pugh, who made her senior USWNT debut in January 2016 at the age of 17. Pugh redshirted last fall to play in the u20 Women’s World Cup, and then enrolled at UCLA this spring.
1 player is still in high school – 16-year-old Brianna Pinto. This is her first appearance on a senior USWNT roster, and if she is capped during the tournament, she will be the first USWNT player capped who was born after the 1999 Women’s World Cup. She’d also be the sixth youngest player ever to earn a senior cap (see list below). Pinto was a member of last fall’s u17 Women’s World Cup team, and is verbally committed to North Carolina for fall 2018.
2 of the USWNT players were recently selected by NWSL teams in January’s college draft – midfielder Rose Lavelle was the overall #1 pick, selected by the Boston Breakers, and goalkeeper Jane Campbell was Houston’s top pick, selected 15th overall.
3 players have not yet earned a senior cap – Lavelle, Campbell and Pinto. Three members of the roster earned their first caps last fall – Lynn Williams and Casey Short vs. Switzerland, and Jessica McDonald vs. Romania. Since the team’s first match in 1985, a total of 217 players have taken the field for the senior USWNT.
4 players have earned more than 100 caps so far – Lloyd (232), Heath (128), Morgan (120) and Becky Sauerbrunn (119). Ali Krieger could be the next player to reach 100 caps as she currently has 96.
3 goalkeepers are on the USWNT roster and together they have 21 caps – Ashlyn Harris has 11, Naeher has 10 and Campbell has not yet been capped. If Campbell earns playing time during the SheBelieves Cup, she will be the youngest USWNT goalkeeper capped in more than 17 years, and also the second keeper from Stanford (after Nicole Barnhart).
Morgan Brian earned her 50th cap during last year’s tournament, in the game against France on March 6. Brian is the youngest player on the USWNT roster for the tournament to have more than 30 caps.
96 is the number of international goals Carli Lloyd has scored so far – four more and she’ll be the sixth USWNT player to score 100 goals, after Abby Wambach (184), Mia Hamm (158), Kristine Lilly (130), Michelle Akers (107) and Tiffeny Milbrett (100).
Alex Morgan has scored 11 goals against the three SBC opponents – England (1), France (6), and Germany (4) – including two in last year’s tournament. She was the 2016 tourney goal-scoring leader.
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