Here's every new USWNT player that Jill Ellis called in
By Caitlin Murrayfoxsports
USWNT coach Jill Ellis has called in 11 new players (who have yet to earn a senior cap) for friendlies vs. Switzerland tonight and on Sunday. Several of the NWSL players who Ellis called up made our list of players we thought deserved USWNT call-ups, and Ellis also called in some college players, too. Here is a look at all 11 newbies.
Kealia Ohai, forward (Houston Dash)
Pushed into a bit of a wider role this season, Ohai (pictured right) had a breakout 2016 for the Houston Dash, finishing even with Lynn Williams for the Golden Boot but losing the tiebreaker on assists. The 24-year-old scored 11 goals in the NWSL season and previously she scored a game-winner at the U-20 Women's World Cup final in 2012.
Photo: Rich Barnes
Lynn Williams, forward (WNY Flash)
Williams, 23, won the NWSL Golden Boot for her 11 goals and she led WNY to their first NWSL title. She scored three times in the playoffs, including a last-gasp 124th-minute equalizer that forced the NWSL championship game into penalty kicks.
Photo: Rich Barnes
Andi Sullivan, midfielder (Stanford)
A junior at Stanford, Sullivan has been active in the USWNT's youth ranks, appearing in World Cups for the U-17 and U-20 teams. She was a Hermann Trophy semifinalist last year and is a player to watch for the award again this year thanks to her ability to both score goals herself and set up her teammates.
Photo: Matthew Ashton - AMA
Abby Dahlkemper, defender (WNY Flash)
Dahlkemper, 23, played every minute of every game for the NWSL title-winning WNY Flash this season. Previously, she helped UCLA win a championship in 2013 and she captained the U-17 USWNT. She is the only new centerback to earn a call-up in this USWNT roster.
Photo: Rich Barnes
Arin Gilliland, defender (Chicago Red Stars)
The right back was a Hermann Trophy finalist when she played for Kentucky, but this past season, the 23-year-old was part of one of the NWSL's best defenses in the Chicago Red Stars.
Ashley Hatch, forward (BYU)
The BYU senior currently leads women's college soccer with 15 goals, including a hat trick against Penn State, the defending champions.
Danielle Colaprico, midfielder (Chicago Red Stars)
Colaprico, 23, finished her college career at the University of Virginia as the program's all-time assists leader (44) and she signed with the Chicago Red Stars last year, where she was voted Rookie of the Year. She is a quality defensive midfielder who was called into her first USWNT camp late last year, but has yet to earn a cap.
Photo: Robert Mayer
Jane Campbell, goalkeeper (Stanford)
Campbell, 21, is perhaps the most promising college goalkeeper prospect in a pool that may warrant more looks from Jill Ellis. The senior is on the Hermann Trophy watchlist at Stanford and she has played in World Cups at the U-17 and U-20 level.
Photo: Jonathan Dyer
Merritt Mathias, defender (Seattle Reign)
Mathias, pictured right, made a midseason conversion from an attacking role to right back, but the 26-year-old has looked solid in her new position and helped the Seattle Reign shore up some of their back line issues.
Photo: The Washington Post
Shea Groom, forward (FC Kansas City)
Groom, 23, was asked to fill in for an FC Kansas City team that in the offseason lost both Sydney Leroux and Amy Rodriguez, strikers who both took time off for pregnancies. Groom grew into the lone striker role and led her team in goals for a breakout season.
Photo: John Rieger
Casey Short, defender (Chicago Red Stars)
Short, 26, played an outside back position opposite of Gilliland with the Chicago Red Stars. As a left back, she played every match for Chicago and her quick pace makes her a potent attacking threat from the flank as well.