Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, has named a 23-player roster for the 2017 Tournament of Nations which will put the U.S. against Japan, Australia, and Brazil.
11 of the 23 players on the roster have California connections. There are three natives and they are Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar), Christen Press (Palo Verdes), and Megan Rapinoe (Redding), and the remainder of the players went to college in California. They include Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA), Jane Campbell (Stanford), Julie Ertz (Santa Clara), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Taylor Smith (UCLA), Sam Mewis (UCLA), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Lynn Williams (Pepperdine).
The tournament will be played at three different venues with the U.S. facing Australia in the first match at CenturyLink Field on July 27. They will then travel to San Diego to face Brazil at Qualcomm Stadium on July 20, and the U.S. will wrap up the tournament against Japan at the StubHub Center on August 3.
This is the second high-profile tournament the U.S. will be hosting this year. Earlier this year, the U.S. hosted the SheBelieves Cup, which saw France walk away as champions. Germany finished second, England finished third, and the USWNT finished fourth. All of those countries are currently ranked five or higher in the current FIFA Women’s Rankings. The upcoming tournament features teams ranked #6-#8 in the FIFA Rankings.
The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by most total tournament goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.
2017 TOURNAMENT OF NATIONS SCHEDULE
|July 27||Brazil vs. Japan||CenturyLink Field||Seattle, Wash.||4:15 p.m. PT||ESPN3|
|July 27||USA vs. Australia||CenturyLink Field||Seattle, Wash.||7 p.m. PT||ESPN|
|July 30||Japan vs. Australia||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego, Calif.||2:15 p.m. PT||ESPN3|
|July 30||USA vs. Brazil||Qualcomm Stadium||San Diego, Calif.||5 p.m. PT||ESPN2|
|Aug. 3||Australia vs. Brazil||StubHub Center||Carson, Calif.||4:15 p.m. PT||ESPN3|
|Aug. 3||USA vs. Japan||StubHub Center||Carson, Calif.||7 p.m. PT||ESPN2|
U.S. Women’s National Team 2017 Tournament of Nations Roster by Position – Caps/Goals
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 15/0), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 1/0), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 4/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 49/8), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 98/1), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 96/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 126/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 10/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 0/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash; 66/6), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 239/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 27/5), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 25/4), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; 0/0), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 121/31)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 52/22), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 35/3), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City; 75/35), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 125/73), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 87/42), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 23/4), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 8/2)