Hailie Mace joins USWNT roster ahead of September friendlies
CHICAGO – Kansas City Current defender Hailie Mace will replace Washington Spirit defender Kelley O’Hara on the 23-player U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the upcoming friendly matches vs. Nigeria.
The USA will square off with the Super Falcons on Sept. 3 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (Kickoff at 12:30 p.m. CT / 1:30 p.m. ET with coverage beginning at Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET on FOX) and again Sept. 6 at Audi Field in Washington, D.C. (6 p.m. ET on ESPN2)
O’Hara was ruled out of camp due to a lingering hip injury that needs some extended rest, which allows Mace to get her first official call-up since the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship which served as qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Mace played in one match in that tournament, going the entire 90 minutes vs. Panama. She also played in friendlies vs. Mexico and Chile earlier in 2018 and has three total caps.
Mace also attended the U.S. Women’s National Team Identification Training Camp in December of 2019.
The 25-year-old Mace is enjoying a fine season with the Current, who are on an 11-game unbeaten run and have moved up to fourth in the NWSL standings. She has played almost 1,000 minutes for the Current over 12 matches so far.
U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB) – SEPT. FRIENDLIES VS. NIGERIA
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aubrey Kingsbury (Washington Spirit), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (OL Reign), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (Kansas City Current); Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC); Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon, FRA), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (7): Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC)