U.S. Women Begin Final Olympic Preparations

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 24 players to a training camp roster ahead of the July 9 match against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago (1 p.m. ET on FS1).

The game will mark the first meeting with South Africa and will be the United States’ second-to-last match before departing for Brazil with the final Olympic send-off game taking place on July 22 vs. Costa Rica at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (8 p.m. CT on ESPN).

“We’re looking forward to finalizing our Olympic roster,” said Ellis. “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.”

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Twenty-two of the players were on the roster for the USA’s two early June friendlies against Japan, but two familiar faces make their returns. U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd is back on the roster after missing the Japan matches with a knee injury and should be available for selection. Also on the roster for the first time since last December is midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who is continuing her recovery from ACL surgery. Rapinoe is in camp for training and evaluation and will not play in the match.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo comes into the match with 99 career shutouts and the possibility of hitting 100, making her the first goalkeeper in U.S. and world history to achieve that milestone. Solo has nine shutouts in her 10 wins in 2016.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS: 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: 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: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)