A trio of expected participants miss out through injury, but a host of veterans and stars will convene in California for USWNT's January camp.

By Associated Press
January 03, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis has called 26 players into the first training camp of the year.

Camp kicks off Saturday at the team's training center in Carson, California. It concludes with an exhibition match against Denmark in San Diego on Jan. 21.

The training camp opens a year that will include qualifying for the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. The United States is the defending champion of the sport's premier event.

Among the uncapped players invited by Ellis were Stanford defender Tierna Davidson and South Carolina forward Savannah McCaskill.

Missing from the roster were three players who continue to deal with injuries: Tobin Heath (ankle), Samantha Mewis (knee) and Rose Lavelle (hamstring). The team said Lavelle may join the team for light training and rehab.

GOALKEEPERS: Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Stanford), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Taylor Smith (NC Courage), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)

FORWARDS: Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

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