In what has become familiar for FC Kansas City fans, U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis named five Blues players to the latest camp roster. The 21-day training camp will run from Jan. 5-25 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California in preparation for Women's World Cup.
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielders Lauren Holiday and Heather O'Reilly and forward Amy Rodriguez were on the roster for the International Tournament of Brasilia and were carried over to the camp roster as well. Veteran goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart was not in Brazil but was added to the full camp roster.
For Ellis, this is the beginning of preparation for the World Cup this summer in Canada and will be used to narrow down the roster to the 23 players required. The U.S. Women will play in Europe with a match against France on Feb. 8 and England on Feb. 13
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O'Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)
The U-23 roster was named on New Years Eve
Two current and two former FC Kansas City players were invited to the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team training camp by head coach Steve Swanson. A total of 24 women were added to the roster for the first training camp of the year which will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California, from Jan. 3-10.
Midfielder Erika Tymrak and forward Sarah Hagen from current defending NWSL champions FC Kansas City are on the roster. Kassey Kallman and Merritt Mathias were both with the Blues last season but have been traded to Boston and Seattle respectively during the off-season.
Both Tymrak and Hagen have earned caps with the full team in the last two years, Erika has three and Sarah two.
Nine of the twelve NWSL players on the roster are also overage players. Much of the camp will be concurrent with the senior team camp listed above and U.S. staff will be observing the training. A perfect opportunity for some of the younger women to impress and start earning spots with the senior team,
U.S. Women's National Team U-23 Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Sky Blue FC; Cincinnati, Ohio), Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Abby Smith (Texas; Plano, Texas)
DEFENDERS (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC; Upland, Calif.), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Taryn Hemmings (Chicago Red Stars; Windsor, Colo.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Samantha Johnson (Chicago Red Stars; Palmdale, Calif.), Kassey Kallman (Boston Breakers; Woodbury, Minn.), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign FC; Birmingham, Ala.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Chicago Red Stars; Naperville, Ill.), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit; Cincinnati, Ohio), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.), Keelin Winters (Seattle Reign FC; Seattle,Wash.)
FORWARDS (4): Sarah Hagen (FC Kansas City; Appleton, Wisc.), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston College; Winchester, Mass.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Bayern Munich; West Melbourne, Fla.)
What about Jenna?
FC Kansas City staff had expected that defensive midfielder Jenna Richmond would probably get a call to the U-23 camp but was not on the list. Sources say that Richmond played well enough to warrant a look at least but feel U.S. Soccer may have overlooked her because Richmond may retire prior to next season.
If Richmond does retire, U.S. Soccer and FC Kansas City will have lost out on one of the best young defensive midfielders in the league. While it would be highly unlikely for her to have cracked the senior team roster for the 2015 World Cup, Richmond would have stood a good chance to be in position for the next World Cup.