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US women’s roster named for upcoming European matches

March 24, 2021 GMT
United States players and coaches celebrate during the trophy presentation after a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
United States players and coaches celebrate during the trophy presentation after a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
United States players and coaches celebrate during the trophy presentation after a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match against Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

CHICAGO (AP) — Tobin Heath was left off the U.S. women’s national team roster for a pair of April exhibition matches in Europe as she recovers from an ankle injury.

The 23 players were announced Tuesday. The roster is nearly identical to the one that coach Vlatko Andonovski called in for last month’s SheBelieves Cup.

The United States plays Sweden in Stockholm on April 10 and France in Le Havre on April 13, as the team prepares for the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

Defender Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who recently adopted a daughter, were also left off the roster.

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Six players are already playing in Europe: Samantha Mewis, Rose LaVelle, Christen Press, Alana Cook, Abby Dahlkemper and Catarina Macario. The other 17 players are playing in the National Women’s Soccer League.

“We still have much evaluation to do from trainings, international matches, NWSL matches and overseas club matches before selecting the Olympic Team, but I’m really looking forward to these two games for what adversity they will bring,” Andonovski said in a statement. “The exciting thing is that I know our players have the talent and mentality to meet those adversities with a great energy and overcome them.”

Heath continues to rehab her ankle with her club team, Manchester United.

Carli Lloyd will mark her 300th appearance with the national team when she next plays, joining Kristine Lilly (354) and Christie Pearce Rampone (311) as the only players to reach the milestone.

Megan Rapinoe leads the team with five goals so far this year.

The roster by position with club affiliation:

Goalkeepers: Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars.)

Defenders: Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit).

Midfielders: Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City).

Forwards: Carli Lloyd), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).

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