Ellis calls in several newcomers to USWNT roster for Portugal and Scotland friendlies

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(Greg Bartram)

U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has named several new faces to the team’s roster for its upcoming friendlies at Portugal and Scotland.

Of the 24 players Ellis called in, 18 were part of the team that qualified for the World Cup and won the Concacaf Women’s Championship earlier this month. 

That means there is room for six new faces: Adrianna Franch, Merritt Mathias, Danielle Colaprico, Allie Long, Andi Sullivan, and Emily Fox. 

Midfielder Colaprico is receiving her first call-up since 2016, while University of North Carolina defender Fox is the only player on the roster to get her first senior call-up.

Defender Kelley O’Hara is out of the roster after undergoing ankle surgery that will sideline her 8-12 weeks. 

The U.S. will face Portugal in Lisbon on Nov. 8 and Scotland in Glasgow on Nov. 13 as it continues preparations for next summer’s World Cup. 

The games will be the final two of a successful 2018, a year in which the U.S. has gone undefeated by winning 16 and drawing two of their 18 matches so far. 

Roster by position (caps/goals):

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 18/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 37/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 28/0), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 73/24), Emily Fox (UNC; 0/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 147/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 24/0)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 0/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 71/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 61/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 18/6), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 40/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 10/0)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 142/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 263/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 1/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 151/97), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 106/46), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 41/12), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 144/41)