The U.S. women's national team will look considerably different when facing Switzerland later this month.
Manager Jill Ellis has called on 11 uncapped players and omitted the likes of Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger and Mallory Pugh for friendlies on Oct. 19 and 23 in Sandy, Utah and Minneapolis, respectively. The goal, Ellis says, is to test out new personnel for the road to the 2019 Women's World Cup in France.
“Right now, we are in a phase where we want to try to expand the player pool, look at a number of players and start the long process to qualifying for the next World Cup,” Ellis said in a statement. “That means several of our more experienced players won’t be in for this camp while we get to evaluate some different personnel. In order to see if these players can contribute, we need to get them into a national team training environment and in games. Our staff has been watching NWSL games this season and these are the ones that stood out. The league is vitally important to create a tremendous competitive environment for these players to show their talents as professionals and we are excited to give them a chance with the national team.”
Among the new faces are newly crowned NWSL MVP Lynn Williams–whose Western New York Flash will play the Washington Spirit in Sunday's final–and Houston Dash and former U.S. U-20 Women's World Cup final hero Kealia Ohai.
Of the U.S. regulars called in, co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn are joined by Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian, Christen Press and Crystal Dunn.
Here is the U.S. roster in full (uncapped players in bold):
GOALKEEPERS: Jane Campbell (Stanford), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS: Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York Flash), Arin Gilliland (Chicago Red Stars), Merritt Mathias (Seattle Reign), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)
FORWARDS: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Shea Groom (FC Kansas City), Ashley Hatch (BYU), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)