Sky Blue’s Loyden, Rampone called in for USWNT friendlies

IMAGE, HOWARD C. SMITH, SKY BLUE

PRESS RELEASE | U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a roster of 25 players who will be in with the U.S. WNT over various periods from Oct. 15-30.

Sky Blue FC will be represented by U.S. captain and defender Christie Rampone and goalkeeper Jill Loyden. The USA plays three friendly matches, facing Australia on Oct. 20 in San Antonio (12:30 CT on NBC) and New Zealand on Oct. 27 in San Francisco (3:30 p.m. PT) and Oct. 30 in Columbus, Ohio (7:30 p.m. ET).

Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most-capped active player in the world with 284 career games played. She is recovering from minor knee surgery and may not be available for action for the Oct. 20 match against Australia. Loyden competed in four matches for Sky Blue FC this past season after returning from a left hand injury. Both Rampone (Point Pleasant) and Loyden (Vineland) are New Jersey natives.

FULL ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (4):
Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Adrianna Franch (WNY Flash), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (10):
Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Tyresö), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (7):
Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon)

FORWARDS (4):
Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)