When Jill Ellis released her 24-man roster ahead of October's USWNT friendlies, many were surprised to see some big names left off the list. Julie Johnston, Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan were among those exclude from training camp, and in their place, 11 uncapped athletes looking to prove themselves on the big stage.
The USWNT will soon begin the long journey of WWC qualifying. What better time then now to scope the young talent who could be the future world champions.
Jane Campbell: Real name Carolyn Jane Campbell. Currently plays for the Standford Cardinals where she stands undefeated in goal. In 2013, at just 17 years old, Campbell became the youngest goalkeeper to be called up to national team camp with the senior squad. When she isn’t in goal, saving shots, and shutting out her opponents we hear Jane can teach you how to Dougie (though this has not been confirmed).
Hometown: Kennesaw, Georgia
Experience: U-17, U-20, U-23, Standford
Abby Dahlkemper: Western New York Flash love Dahlkemper so much they never take her off the field. Literally. She played every single minute, of every single game, all season long this year with her club. How could you blame them, she is basically a brick wall (in a good way). Though this is her first senior national team call-up, the former U-17 captain is ready to prove herself on the 1st team.
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Experience: U-17, U-20, U-23, UCLA Bruins, Western New York Flash, Adelaide United (loan)
Lynn Williams: Luckily for us Lynn Williams is humble, so you won’t have to hear her brag about being the NWSL’s 2016 MVP (that’s Most Valuable Player for those who are bad with acronyms). 11 regular season goals for the Western New York Flash is going to be difficult to beat next year wearing the Golden Boot she was awarded.
Hometown: Fresno, California
Experience: U-23, Pepperdine Waves, Western New York Flash
Shea Groom: FC Kansas City’s 2015 Rookie of the Year, ain’t no one to mess with. After all you can’t become FCKC’s 2016 leading scorer without being a total badass. The skill she brings to her team’s offense has not gone unnoticed, and that hard work has been rewarded with her 1st senior national team call-up.
Hometown: Liberty, Missouri
Experience: U-23, Texas A&M Aggies, FC Kansas City
Danielle Colaprico: This USWNT training camp will not be the first rodeo for this Chicago Red Stars starter. Following the U.S.'s 2015 WWC victory, Colaprico was called to train with the senior squad for their Victory Tour though she has yet to make her debut on the pitch. Danielle looks great in hats, especially red, white and blue caps… *wink-wink*
Hometown: Freehold, New Jersey
Experience: U-23, Virginia Cavaliers, Chicago Red Stars
Casey Short: Despite being picked early (5th pick overall) during the NWSL 2013 College Draft, Short’s professional career was sidelined by two separate season-ending injuries before her seasons ever began. Fast forward a few years to the 2016 NWSL season, where Short played a major role in the soccer equivalent of Albatross, a locked-down defense that conceded only 20 goals for the entire season.
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
Experience: U-20, U-23, Florida State Seminoles, Avaldsnes Idrettslag, Chicago Red Stars
Arin Gilliland: The other half that makes Chicago Red Stars’ defense whole, Gilliland helped make the club almost impossible to score against (20 goals allowed all season). Called up to senior team duty with the yin to her yang, colleague Casey Short, the duo could prove to be the future leaders in the USWNT Department of Defense.
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Experience: U-20, U-23, Kentucky Wildcats, Chicago Red Stars
Kealia Ohai: Besides having the most delightfully punable name, Ohai has made quite the name for herself while representing the USA in youth programs. Most noticeably that one time she scored the game-winning goal during the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup... NBD. There’s a reason why Houston Dash picked her up as their first ever draft pick during the 2014 NWSL College Draft (2nd pick overall). She’s fast, smart, and extremely focused. She is also legally blind in her right eye, we’re assuming it’s only because with perfect vision she might truly be unstoppable and take over the world.
Hometown: Draper, Utah
Position: Forward/Attacking Midfielder
Experience: U-17, U-20, U-23, North Carolina, Houston Dash
Andi Sullivan: Nickname= Sunny. Don’t let her age fool you, Sullivan is a USA youth national team veteran with two Women’s World Cups under her belt (U-17 2012 & U-20 2014). Currently a junior at Stanford, there will surely be many years of Sunshine in the USWNT’s future.
Hometown: Lorton, Virginia
Position: Forward/Attacking Midfielder
Experience: U-17, U-20, Bethesda SC, Stanford Cardinals
Merritt Mathias: It’s been awhile since we’ve had a sweet home (grown) Alabama player called into WNT duty, and we couldn’t be more excited that that void will be filled by Mathias. A forceful presence in the defense for Seattle Reign, Mathias helped her club hold out 531 consecutive minutes of play without allowing a goal.
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Experience: U-17, U-23, Texas A&M Aggies, FC Kansas City, Seattle Reign FC
Ashley Hatch: Not only is Hatch the top scorer for BYU, she is the top collegiate scorer in the nation (15 goals so far this season). Basically she is a goal machine, programmed to dismantle defenses, & fire rockets into the net. “I’m pretty sure she’s a robot,” said a former teammate probably.
Hometown: Gilbert, Arizona
Experience: Legends FC, BYU Cougars
FULL USWNT OCTOBER TRAINING CAMP ROSTER
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)
Forward: 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)