USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis Names SheBelieves Cup Roster
Jill Elles has announced her roster for the second annual SheBelieves Cup that will kick off next week in three cities across the United States. The USWNT will host top competition during the seven-day period with new faces making their way into the ranks of our women’s side.
Soccer News: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup that will welcome four of the world’s top teams. The U.S., Germany, France and England will play in three doubleheader events at three different venues.
England will open the tournament against France on March 1st in Chester, Pa. (4 p.m. ET; FOX Sports GO) followed by the U.S. against Germany (7 p.m. ET on FS1). All the teams will then head to New Jersey where France will face Germany on Saturday, March 4th (2:15 p.m. ET; FOX Sports GO) followed by the U.S. facing England (5 p.m. ET on FOX) at Red Bull Arena in Harrison. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday, March 7th, at the historic RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. as Germany takes on England (4 p.m. ET; FOX Sports GO) and the U.S. takes on France (7 p.m. ET on FS1).
“We’ve now had two camps together this year and I’ve seen some good things across the board,” said Ellis. “Now we’re looking to translate that into three games against fantastic opponents. We will be greatly tested and these are the moments where you learn the most about yourself which is exactly what we need right now.”
Ellis chose the roster after several days of training camp in Orlando, Florida, naming three goalkeepers, six defenders, eight midfielders and six forwards. Seventeen of the players on the roster played in the inaugural edition of the SheBelieves Cup, including the goal scorers of all four of our goals at last year’s tournament: Alex Morgan (2), Crystal Dunn and Samantha Mewis.
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, defender Casey Short, midfielders Rose Lavelle and Brianna Pinto and forwards Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald are named to their first SheBelieves Cup roster. Campbell, Pinto and Lavelle are currently uncapped by the USWNT.
U.S. Women’s National Team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)
Photo Credit: U.S. Soccer