Hope Solo reinstated to USWNT, named to Algarve Cup roster (Full roster)


Hope Solo’s 30-day suspension handed down by U.S. Soccer following a Jan. 19 incident is over and the 33-year-old goalkeeper has been officially reinstated to the U.S. women’s national team, U.S. Soccer announced on Saturday.

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Also on Saturday, Solo, arguably the best female goalkeeper in the world, was one of 25 players named to head coach Jill Ellis’s roster for next month’s Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USWNT are nine-time Algarve Cup winners (the tournament was first played in 1994), but this year’s edition carries additional meaning, as the 2015 Women’s World Cup kicks off nearly three months to the day from the USWNT’s first Algarve Cup game (March 4).

The USWNT were placed in Group B, alongside Norway, Switzerland and Iceland. The best group winner and second-best group winner of the three groups will face off in the first-place game on March 11, while the third-best group winner will face the second-best second-placed team in the third-place game, and so on.

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Also joining Solo as re-entrants into the USWNT fold are Megan Rapinoe (right knee) and Christie Rampone (back), who missed friendlies against France and England earlier this month due to injuries. The Algarve Cup roster includes 22 of 24 players that were in camp for those friendlies.

Full USWNT roster

Goalkeepers (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Defenders (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Forwards (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)