Coach Jill Ellis announced the 24-player roster for the USWNT’s two friendlies next month in Texas, and four players associated with the Houston Dash are on the list – midfielder Morgan Brian, goalkeeper Jane Campbell, FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd and striker Kealia Ohai. The defending Women’s World Cup champs face Russia on Thursday, April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, and then again on Sunday, April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
This is Morgan Brian‘s third season with the Houston Dash. She was the #1 overall NWSL draft pick in 2015, and has appeared in 23 matches and assisted on three goals. Brian has earned 66 caps for the USWNT since her debut in 2013. She was the youngest member of the 2015 Women’s World Cup team, and earned Golden Ball honors at last year’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell was the Dash’s top pick in January’s NWSL college draft, at the #15 overall spot. The Stanford alumna has been called into USWNT training camps several times before — she was the youngest keeper in program history to get a USWNT call-up back in 2013 at the age of 17 — but has not yet earned a senior cap. She made the gameday roster for all games of the recent SheBelieves Cup.
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Carli Lloyd is currently with Manchester City, but will return to the Houston Dash when the FA WSL season wraps up in early June. As the games against Russia fall during a designated FIFA window, Lloyd is available for those match dates. At the age of 34, Lloyd is the oldest player on the current USWNT roster, with 235 caps, 96 goals and 48 assists – along with two FIFA Player of the Year awards. Just four more goals and Lloyd becomes the sixth USWNT player to score 100 goals.
Kealia Ohai is one of three remaining players from the original 2014 Houston Dash roster. She’s the club leader in goals (19), assists (10) and games played (62). Ohai scored the game-winning goal in the final of the 2012 u20 Women’s World Cup, and received her first call-up to the senior USWNT last fall. She earned her first cap against Switzerland on October 23, and within 48 seconds of taking the field, scored her first international goal and set a USWNT record.