Ali Krieger returns to US roster for Tournament of Nations

BY AP • July 20, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) Defender Ali Krieger, who is nearing her 100th international appearance, has been named to the U.S. women's national team roster for the upcoming Tournament of Nations.

Krieger, who plays for the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League, was not on the roster for a pair of games in Europe last month. She has 98 national team appearances.

Coach Jill Ellis called up 23 players for the tournament, which also includes Japan, Brazil, and Australia. It kicks off July 27 in Seattle and also stops in San Diego and Carson, California.

Veteran midfielders Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and forward Alex Morgan were included on the roster. Midfielder Margaret Purce, a rookie with the Boston Breakers, got her first national team call-up.

Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta will train with the United States during the tournament although she is not yet eligible to play for the team. U.S. Soccer is seeking an association change for Huerta, who previously played for Mexico.

Midfielders Tobin Heath and Rose Lavelle, as well as goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, were not available because of injuries.

The roster for the Tournament of Nations, including NWSL affiliation:

Goalkeepers: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers.)

Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage).

Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign).

Forwards: Crystal Dunn (Chelsea), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage).

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