New chapter, new characters; It’s an over-simplified description of the United States women’s national team make-up for Olympic qualifying, but it feels apt.
Gone are Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone and Lauren Holiday; Sydney Leroux will sit this one out while she handles maternity for the first time.
In? Seventeen-year-old Mallory Pugh, Portland defender Emily Sonnett, Boston Breakers striker Stephanie McCaffrey and Western New York Flash duo Jaelene Hinkle (right) and Samantha Mewis (left) as young stars on the squad.
Qualifying runs from Feb. 10-21 in Texas.
U.S. Women’s National Team Olympic Qualifying Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash)
FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)