Rapinoe omitted as USWNT coach Jill Ellis picks 25 players for SheBelieves Cup camp

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Jennifer Nicholson
There were no surprises on the U.S. national team roster set to convene in Orlando, Florida, ahead of the March tournament.

Coach Jill Ellis has selected 25 players for the U.S. national team's camp ahead of the SheBelieves Cup, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe left off the squad.

The U.S. roster announced Wednesday will convene Feb. 20 in Orlando, Florida, ahead of the tournament, which will take place in the mid-Atlantic region from March 1-7.

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Ellis' roster features 23 players who participated in the Americans' January camp in Southern California. Defender Meghan Klingenberg and forward Mallory Pugh have been added to that group after returning from injury.

Rapinoe, who returned from a torn ACL suffered in December 2015 to play at the Olympics last summer, was a part of the January camp. Goalkeepers Adrianna Franch and Casey Murphy, defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Mandy Freeman, midfielders Kristen Edmonds, Christina Gibbons, Taylor Smith and Tierna Davidson, and forwards Kealia Ohai, Jessica McDonald and Savannah McCaskill also were left off Wednesday's squad after being with the national team last month.

The U.S. will face Germany on March 1 in Chester, Pennsylvania, before traveling for a match against England on March 4 in Harrison, New Jersey. The Americans close the tournament against France on March 7 in Washington.

Here is the full U.S. roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

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DEFENDERS (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sarah Killion (Sky Blue FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)

FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

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