LI’s Dunn On USWNT SheBelieves Cup Roster

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Crystal Dunn. Photo: U.S. Soccer

Long Island native Crystal Dunn is among the 23-player roster that will take part in the annual SheBelieves Cup tournament set to kick off February 27 in Philadelphia.

This year’s tournament will bring together the top-ranked United States, No. 4 England, No. 8 Japan and No. 10 Brazil. All four teams will be participating in this summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

“The SheBelieves Cup is a positive event in many ways, but it’s extremely valuable to get three challenging games against World Cup-bound teams in a short time span that can simulate navigating through group play,” said Jill Ellis, head coach of the U.S. women’s team. “These are all teams that can go deep in the tournament this summer and provide the kind of tests we need as we continue to work to crystallize our lineup and our final roster for the World Cup.”

This year’s tournament kicks off on February 27 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn. England will meet Brazil at 4 p.m. (ET) and the U.S. will take on Japan at 7 p.m. (ET) (FS1).

The teams head south to Nashville, Tenn., for a double-header at Nissan Stadium on March 2. Brazil will meet Japan at 2 p.m. (ET) with the U.S. and England set to do battle at 4:30 (ET) (FOX).

Three days later, the 2019 SheBelievesCup will come to a close at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Japan and England will duel at 5:15 p.m. (ET) with the U.S. and Brazil kicking off at 8 p.m. (ET) (FS1).

Cup Notes

  • Fifteen of the players named were on last year’s SBC roster and nine players will be participating in their fourth SheBelieves Cup. All 23 players on the U.S. roster were with the WNT for its first two games of the year vs. France and Spain in January.
  • There will be a total of 27 players in the USA’s pre-tournament training camp that will be held in Tampa, Fla. Training with the USA during that period will be GK Jane Campbell, D Merritt Mathias, D Emily Fox and M Allie Long of Long Island.
  • Midfielder Lindsey Horan was not available for selection due to a quadriceps injury.
  • The tournament format will be the same as the first three years. The winner will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a draw), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, then head-to-head result. If teams are still tied, the next tie-breaker will be the Fair Play ranking. Each Team is allowed six substitutes per game.
  • In the previous three editions of this tournament, no individual player has scored more than two goals in a tournament. Four players have scored twice: Alex Morgan in 2016, Camille Abily of France in 2017, and Ellen White of England and Eugénie Le Sommer in 2018.

The Roster (Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 40/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 32/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 14/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 77/24), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 151/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 28/0)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 74/18), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 21/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 43/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 143/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 266/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 155/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 108/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 45/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 146/41)