Jill Ellis has named her latest U.S. women’s national team roster for a pair of friendlies against Switzerland later this month (Oct. 19 and 23), and Surprise! doesn’t even begin to do it justice.
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Left off the roster of 24 players were forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe, and defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger and Julie Johnston — all of whom featured heavily during the USWNT’s disappointing run at the 2014 Olympics in Rio.
In their places are 11 currently uncapped players, a group which includes eight players from the National Women’s Soccer League, and three college players, Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell, Stanford midfielder Andi Sullivan and BYU forward Ashley Hatch. Lynn Williams, who plays for the NWSL’s Western New York Flash and finished top of the league scoring charts with 11 goals in 2016, is one of the eight first-time professionals.
Given the USWNT’s failure this summer, along with the looming expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, these are uncertain times for the United States’ only consistently successful national side. It’s most likely the current generation of stars has been omitted from the latest roster in favor of having time off to rest and recover. It remains possible, though, that Rapinoe, who’s fresh off a torn ACL, is 31 years old, and has been publicly admonished by U.S. Soccer for kneeling during the national anthem, is being ushered toward and through the exit door by her coach and/or the powers that b.
Uncertain times, indeed.
FULL USWNT ROSTER
Goalkeepers: Jane Campbell (Stanford), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)
Forward: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Ashley Hatch (BYU), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)