Long Islanders Crystal Dunn and Allie Long are among 26 U.S. National Team players called into January camp by head coach Jill Ellis.
The 15-day camp runs through January 21 and will be held at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The team’s first match of 2018 is scheduled for January 21 against Denmark at San Diego’s County Credit Union Stadium.
“We are very much looking forward to getting the group back together,” said Ellis. “We’re expecting a competitive and highly energized camp in Los Angeles as we start this important year for the team. We have a few injuries, so we won’t have 100 percent of our core together, but this stretch of testing, training, and a competitive match will provide a good platform to begin 2018.”
The training camp, which will begin with a battery of physical tests, will be a key evaluation period for Ellis and her staff to choose a squad for the SheBelieves Cup in March as four of the world’s top-six ranked teams – the USA (1), Germany (2), England (3) and France (6) – contest the world’s most elite four-team tournament for the third consecutive year.
While Dunn and Long have been constants on the U.S. Women’s Team over the past two years, fellow Long Islander Emily Menges was not included in the roster. A participant in the team’s November 2016 camp, Menges told SleterFC.com in a 2017 interview that she and Ellis had conversations Menges felt there was an opportunity for her to get her foot in the door with the national team.
Menges, who plays for the NWSL’s Portland Thorns, was recently named to the CONCACAF Best XI Female Team for 2017. During the Thorns run to the NWSL title Menges started all 23 matches and logged 2,063 minutes.
U.S. Women’s National Team January Camp Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 2/0), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 14/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 23/0)
DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 13/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 0/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 3/0), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC; 73/3), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 104/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 135/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 19/0), Taylor Smith (NC Courage; 7/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 12/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 69/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 57/14), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 43/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 246/98), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 33/6), Andi Sullivan (Stanford; 7/0)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC, ENG; 57/22), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; 0/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 134/80), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 96/44), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 29/6), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 129/34), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 15/4)