Ellis names 22 USWNT roster ahead of friendly against Canada

Jill Ellis was appointed interim manager following Tom Sermanni's departure in early April.  

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Interim manager Jill Ellis named 22 players to the United States women’s national team roster that will face regional rival Canada at Investors Group Field on May 8 (live, Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET).

"With World Cup qualifying in less than six months, each game against a quality opponent is significant for this group, but no question playing Canada in Canada stirs the emotions and gives it greater meaning," said Ellis in a released statement. "We have been scouting the NWSL games, and we have some injuries, so I think the roster is indicative of some of the top performers playing in the league at the moment. I am looking forward to getting the group to Winnipeg and having a few days of prep before the match."

The USWNT roster includes 18 players in the National Women’s Soccer League, plus three Americans plying their trade overseas — Christen Press, Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg. Ellis selected one college player to the roster, siding with University of Virgina standout Morgan Brian.

Earlier in the month, the United States defeated China 3-0 Thursday night in a friendly, marking their game without former manager Tom Sermanni at the helm. The victory extended the United States’ unbeaten streak on home turf to 82 games (72-0-10) as Ellis earned the start of her second stint as interim coach.

Roster

Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

Defenders: Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyreso), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyreso) Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)

Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyreso), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.