Rampone won’t be going to the Rio Games with USWNT

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by TOM SLATER

After nearly 20 years and more than 311 international appearances, it appears that Christie Rampone may be done with the United States Women’s National Team.

Rampone pulled herself out of the upcoming United States camp prior to the friendly games against Japan. She will not be replaced and the training camp roster that heads to Denver in advance of the USA’s June 2 match at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (7 p.m. MT on FS1) will feature 24 players.

Rampone, who has earned 311 caps for the United States — second most all-time — missed the final five games of the Women’s World Cup Victory Tour last fall with a knee injury and then underwent arthroscopic surgery near the end of December.

She recovered in time to play in all six games for Sky Blue FC so far this season, but felt she was not physically ready for the rigors of international training and competition.

“I really appreciate Jill inviting me in, but at this time, I don’t feel one hundred percent healthy enough to train and compete at that level,” said Rampone. “I’ve been able to manage myself and contribute to Sky Blue this season, which I will continue to do, but I also have an understanding of the level of fitness and health needed to push for an Olympic roster spot and I know I’m not there right now. It’s not the right choice for myself or the team to put myself in that environment.”

Following the match in Denver, the USA will travel to Cleveland for the second leg of the two-game set against Japan at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 5 (12:30 ET on ESPN2). U.S. head coach Jill Ellis will choose 18 players to suit up for each match.