June 23, 2016
BACK IN THE MIX
Lloyd, Rapinoe return for USWNT training camp
CHICAGO -- Co-captain Carli Lloyd and midfielder Megan Rapinoe will return to the U.S. Women's National Team training camp roster in preparation for next month’s match against South Africa, coach Jill Ellis announced Thursday.
Lloyd missed two June matches against Japan with a knee injury. Rapinoe, recovery from ACL surgery, will be in camp for training and evaluation and will not play in the match.
The U.S. and South Africa will meet for the first time at Soldier Field in Chicago at 12 p.m. CT July 9 (FS1). This will be the USA's second-to-last match before departing for Brazil. The final Olympic send-off game will be against Costa Rica at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., at 8 p.m. CT July 22 (ESPN).
"We're looking forward to finalizing our Olympic roster," Ellis said. "We have been evaluating players since our Victory Tour last year, so we are anticipating a great camp and finishing that process. It's exciting to play a new opponent and South Africa instantly has our respect for earning an Olympic berth from Africa."
Goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into the match with 99 career shutouts, on the verge of becoming the first goalkeeper in U.S. and world history to achieve 100 shutouts. Solo has nine shutouts in 10 wins this year.
The USA's Olympic roster will feature 18 players, 16 field players and two goalkeepers. The USA is 12-0-1 (47-4 goal differential) this year. The U.S. is undefeated in 11 matches in Chicago, but has not played at Soldier Field since 2007. The team has a 4-0-1 record at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., and is 6-0-0 at Soldier Field. The WNT's most recent visit to the Soldier Field resulted in a 6-1 victory against New Zealand on Aug. 12, 2007.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position:
• GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
• DEFENDERS (9): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
• MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City)
• FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)