Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris Called Up For U.S. WNT Match Against South Africa
Orlando Pride players Alex Morgan and Ashlyn Harris have been named to a 24-player roster by U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis that will begin training camp ahead of the July 9 match against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago (1 p.m. ET on FS1).
The game will mark the USA’s first-ever meeting with South Africa and it will be the U.S. WNT’s second-to-last match before departing for Brazil with the final Olympic send-off game taking place on July 22 vs. Costa Rica at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas (9 p.m. ET on ESPN).
“We’re looking forward to finalizing our Olympic roster,” said Ellis. “We have been evaluating players since our Victory Tour last year, so we are anticipating a great camp and finishing that process. It’s exciting to play a new opponent and South Africa instantly has our respect for earning an Olympic berth from Africa.”
Harris has nine senior international appearances, dating back to 2013, and was a part of the United States’ 2015 FIFA World Cup championship team. She has compiled a 4-4-0 record for the Pride, including three shutouts and five NWSL Save of the Week honors.
Morgan has scored 67 goals in 110 senior international appearances dating back to 2010 and was a part of the 2012 Olympic gold medal team and the 2015 FIFA World Cup championship squad. Morgan leads the Pride with two goals and one assist.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)