Six FC Kansas City players have been called up to play in the June 2nd match between the U.S. and Canadian Women's National Teams in Toronto. On Tuesday, U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni named the 21-player roster that will travel to Canada including FC Kansas City co-captains Lauren Cheney and Becky Sauerbrunn as well as goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and midfielder Kristie Mewis. Wednesday, Canada's head coach John Herdman announced a 19-player roster that included defender Lauren Sesselmann and midfielder Desiree Scott.
The match is the first friendly for the two teams during the inaugural season of the NWSL and is part of U.S. Soccer's Centennial Celebration weekend, which also includes the U.S. Men's National Team facing Germany at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on June 2.
"It's always an important match when you play a neighbor, and with the strong contingent of Canadian players in the new league and how close the competition has become between the two countries over the past few years, there's an intensity about this game far greater than a typical international friendly," said Sermanni via press release. "I know our players are really looking forward to the match and to the crowd, but also to getting back together as a national team and continuing to evolve in a positive direction."
FC Kansas City's four players is the most from any one club on the U.S. roster. None of the Blues' players are expected to miss a league match, FC Kansas City hosts Sky Blue on May 25th and does not have another match until June 6th at Portland.
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Karina LeBlanc (Portland Thorns FC), Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia University), Robyn Gayle (Washington Spirit), Carmelina Moscato (Chicago Red Stars), Rachel Quon (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Sesselmann (FC Kansas City), Rhian Wilkinson (Boston Breakers), Emily Zurrer (Seattle Reign FC)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Kaylyn Kyle (Seattle Reign FC), Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia University), Diana Matheson (Washington Spirit), Sophie Schmidt (Sky Blue FC), Desiree Scott (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Tiffany Cameron (Seattle Reign FC), Christina Julien (WFC Rossiyanka), Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns FC), Melissa Tancredi (unattached)
Canada's Herdman named 19 players to the roster but Jonelle Filigno will not join the team for personal reasons. . Herdman will name her replacement in the coming days.