Three USWNT roster changes announced for 2nd friendly vs South Korea
CHICAGO (Via U.S. Soccer) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Mallory Pugh will not travel with the U.S. team to North Carolina for the second leg of a two-game set against Korea Republic due to a right hamstring injury suffered at the end of the first half in the 3-1 victory yesterday in New Orleans.
Midfielder Andi Sullivan, who started the match at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and played the first half to earn her fifth cap in her first WNT action in almost a year, will return to Stanford University to play in her college game on the weekend.
U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis has called up North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni, who has played a crucial role in her club’s success over the past two seasons while partnering in the center midfield with Samantha Mewis. Zerboni helped the Western New York Flash to the NWSL league title in 2016 and after the club moved to North Carolina for this season, helped the Courage win the NWSL Shield and earn a place in the championship game. She was named to the 2017 NWSL Best XI.
The 30-year-old Zerboni, who played her college soccer at UCLA and was a member of the USA’s Youth National Teams as a teenager, gets her first WNT call-up after playing for three clubs in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) and four clubs in the NWSL.
With the addition of Zerboni, the USA will have a roster of 19 players in North Carolina for the match and Ellis will name 18 to suit up for the match.
The USA will face South Korea again on Sunday, Oct. 22 in Cary, N.C. at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park (2 p.m. ET on ESPN). There are only limited tickets available for the match at the 10,000-seat venue. Tickets are available through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster – USA vs. Korea Republic – Cary, N.C.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 13/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0),
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 10/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 54/12), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 132/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 16/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 40/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 243/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 31/5), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 31/5), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 0/0)
FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 56/22), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 131/78), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 93/43), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 126/33), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 12/3)