USA, Canada announce rosters for June 2 friendly in Toronto
Tom Sermanni announced on Tuesday the 21 players who will be brought in for the June 2 match in Toronto as the US women take on Canada for the first time since last summer’s epic Olympic semifinal matchup.
Hope Solo, who had wrist surgery in March, was not named to the roster but will make the training camp trip for injury evaluation and to participate in some training. She will not be named to the roster but will look to be ready for a pair of matches in mid-June against South Korea.
Shannon Boxx will miss the match having had minor knee surgery in mid-April.
The most notable absence is that of Megan Rapinoe who will stay in France as Lyon has both the UEFA Women’s Championship League final and the French Cup championship match coming up.
Of the 21 players who were named to the roster, 15 are currently playing in the NWSL, led by FC Kansas City with four players called up. Four players are currently playing in Europe in Whitney Engen, Tobin Heath, Christen Press and uncapped Amber Brooks. Defenders Julie Johnston and Crystal Dunn are both rising seniors who have seen time under Sermanni this year.
Jillian Loyden and Carli Lloyd both make their returns to the field after being out since the Algarve Cup in March. Lloyd played in her first match with the Western New York Flash on May 11 after breaking a bone in her shoulder. Loyden has been on the bench for the last four Sky Blue FC matches after recovering from a broken hand.
Sermanni will select 18 to suit up for the match. It will be televised on ESPN News at 4:30pm ET on June 2.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster:
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)
Canadian head coach John Herdman also announced his 18-woman roster earlier this afternoon. Ten of the 18 players on the field during the Olympic semifinal with 14 in total on Canada’s Bronze medal winning side.
Canada Women’s National Team Roster:
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 (out of contract)
Perhaps the most interesting call-up was that of 21-year-old Rachel Quon. Quon has played for the US U-20 Women’s National team in the 2010 World Cup as well as for the U-17s in the 2008 World Cup. Quon has a “family connection to Canada” according to Herdman.