Krieger returns to USWNT for Tournament of Nations

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The veteran defender has been included in Jill Ellis' 23-player squad for matches against Australia, Brazil and Japan

U.S. national team coach Jill Ellis named her 23-player squad for the inaugural Tournament of Nations on Thursday, with veteran defender Ali Krieger returning to the mix.

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The 32-year-old defender, who started every match as the U.S. won the 2015 Women's World Cup, was left off the squad that defeated Sweden and Norway last month.

U.S. regulars Tobin Heath (back), Ashlyn Harris (quad) and Rose Lavelle (hamstring) were omitted because of injury. The roster features three uncapped players: Boston Breakers goalkeeper Abby Smith, NC Courage defender Taylor Smith and Boston Breakers midfielder Margaret Purce.

Chicago Red Stars forward Sofia Huerta, a dual-national who has five caps for Mexico, will train with the U.S. throughout the tournament while pursuing a one-time switch with FIFA.

The U.S. opens the round-robin tournament against Australia on July 27 in Seattle before facing Brazil on July 30 in San Diego and concluding the event versus Japan on Aug. 3 in Carson, California.

Here is the full U.S. squad:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Abby Smith (Boston Breakers)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sydney Leroux (FC Kansas City), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

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