Ellis Names 31-Player Victory Tour Roster, Includes 7 New Players

ELAINE THOMPSON/TIMES RECORD NEWS

By MC Bousquette

On Friday, USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis announced an expanded roster for the next two Victory Tour matches against Brazil. All 2015 World Cup players and post-World Cup addition Crystal Dunn, the 2015 NWSL MVP, remain on the roster.

The seven new players are forwards Lindsey Horan of Paris Saint-Germain and Stephanie McCaffrey of the Boston Breakers, midfielders Samantha Mewis of the Western NY Flash and Christine Nairn from the Washington Spirit, and defenders Jaelene Hinkle of the Western New York Flash, Gina Lewandowski of FC Bayern Munich, and Emily Sonnett from the University of Virginia.

It’s no surprise that Ellis is adding new blood to the roster- she’ll be looking closely to determine the 18 player roster for next summer’s Olympics. Tough decisions await, and seeing players against the stiff competition that Brazil will provide will surely help inform her eventual decision.

The USWNT takes on Brazil twice: the first match will be on October 21st in Seattle, WA at CenturyLink Field (10pm EST ESPN2/ WatchESPN), and Oct. 25 in Orlando, FL at the Citrus Bowl (2:30 pm EST on FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO). Shannon Boxx‘s last career match will be on the 21st, while Lauren Holiday and Lori Chalupny will retire after the 25th.

The Complete Roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (12): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (unattached), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Christine Nairn (Washington Spirit), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)