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Ellis names 24 players to USWNT roster for Romania friendlies

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named her roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Romania.

Five veterans are in the latest squad for the November friendlies. Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are all back in the fold.

Meanwhile, five of the six players who earned their first caps versus Switzerland earlier this month are returning, including forward Lynn Williams.

“Our last training camp and games with Switzerland were extremely positive in regards to giving new players a chance to perform, continuing the process of deepening the player pool and fostering competition within the squad,” said Ellis. “With this dynamic mix of players, we are looking forward to the environment and to finishing off the year on a winning note.”

The first match against Romania will be on Nov. 10 at Avaya Stadium, with the second friendly taking place on Nov. 13 at the StubHub Center. These are the last two games the USWNT will play in 2016.

GOALKEEPERS: Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS: Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), 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), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)

FORWARDS: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)


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