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Things may not have gone as well as the U.S. Women’s National Team would have liked at the Algarve Cup earlier this month, but that has not stopped head coach Tom Sermanni from calling up the majority of the same players for a pair of friendlies in early April.
Sermanni named a 24-player roster for a set of upcoming matches against China, and 22 of them were with the U.S. in Portugal during their recent disappointing Algarve Cup performance. The two players that were added are forward Katie Stengel and midfielder Lauren Holiday, who missed the European tournament because of a family matter.
Aside from Holiday, other regulars on the squad include goalkeeper Hope Solo, forwards Sydney Leroux and Abby Wambach, and midfielders Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe.
Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn are both still nursing respective ankle injuries, and have not been included in this camp as a result.
The Americans, who had their long-time winning streak broken in Portugal, will first take on China on April 6 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. before heading to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego for a rematch.
Here is the full 24-player roster:
Goalkeepers (3):Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Defenders (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Pairs Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Forwards (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Katie Stengel (LA Blues), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
What do you think of the USWNT roster Sermanni called in? Anyone’s inclusion/omission that you’re surprised by? Starting to really get worried about Morgan’s prolonged injury absence? Do you see this squad picking up two wins vs. China?
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