Megan Rapinoe recalled to U.S. national team

Jennifer Nicholson

U.S. national team head coach Jill Ellis has named a 24-player roster for the team's training camp ahead of two upcoming friendlies against Russia. 

Headlining the roster is Megan Rapinoe, who returns to the national team fold after being left off the roster for the SheBelieves Cup.

After the team's poor performance in the SheBelieves Cup, four players didn't return to the roster: Julie Johnston, Emily Sonnett, Sarah Killion and Brianna Pinto. Johnston was unavailable for the games due to her wedding and honeymoon and will wear her married name, Ertz, on her jersey when she returns.

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“This is our last chance to get together before the NWSL starts and we’ll take full advantage of the training time as well as the two matches against a team in preparation for the European championships,” Ellis said in a news release Thursday.

“Following these matches, my staff and I will begin a heavy investment in attending and evaluating the NWSL games as well as tracking our players overseas before we get back together for our European trip in the summer. I’m very much looking forward to our domestic league starting.” 

The U.S. will face Russia on April 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, and April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. 

Full roster

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

DEFENDERS (6): Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Megan Oyster (Boston Breakers), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)

FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride/Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)