The United States women's national team is set to begin preparations for a pair of friendlies in Ohio against Paraguay in September. Training camps will begin on Tuesday in Cleveland, with the first match on Sept. 16 and the second on Sept. 21 in Cincinnati. USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski has a training camp roster of 20 players for the upcoming matches and the group is heavy with players who represented the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. But there are new additions from NWSL clubs as well.
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and midfielder Samantha Mewis will be with the team during the international window for injury evaluation and rehabilitation, while Julie Ertrz and Megan Rapinoe will not play due to injuries. Forward Christen Press will not be on the roster as she opted out of the matches, posting on Instagram that she is briefly stepping away from the international stage to focus on mental health.
"I've made the difficult decision to take some time away from the game to focus on my mental health, spiritual growth, and processing grief," Press wrote. "I'm sad to miss the upcoming games and seeing all of our wonderful fans. I believe I will come back stronger than ever. Thanks for all your support on my journey."
With some usual players missing the friendlies, Andonovski has called in Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), and Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit) to be a part of the training camp and be available for selection. The three players have been putting together strong NWSL seasons with their respective clubs after narrowly missing out on the Olympic roster, and are on clubs that are currently in the middle of a playoff push.
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"We have a few players with injuries so we needed to add some depth to the roster and Andi, Sophia and Mal are not only having quality seasons for their NWSL teams, but they can also play multiple positions," Andonovski said. "All the players will be played in as they've had a few matches with their clubs, so we're planning on getting a quality start to our run to World Cup qualifying while also managing their workload as the majority of players will head back to their teams for the stretch run to the NWSL playoffs."
Here's a look at the full USWNT roster for September.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Kansas City NWSL)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars), Kelley O'Hara (Washington Spirit), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon/FRA), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)
FORWARDS (6): Tobin Heath (Arsenal/ENG), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)