Vlatko Andonovski names 23-player USWNT roster for Summer Series

Vlatko Andonovski names 23-player USWNT roster for Summer Series

Vlatko Andonovski has named his 23-player roster for the upcoming Summer Series, where the United States women’s national team will take on Portugal, Nigeria and Jamaica. The first game against Portugal is in Houston, Texas, on June 10.

In addition to the 23 players heading to Texas, Tobin Heath will also make the trip as a training player. Heath suffered a knee injury with Manchester United in April, in which she returned to the United States. Meanwhile, Julie Ertz will miss out on the Summer Series as she rehabs her sprained MCL injury.

According to U.S. Soccer, the three Summer Series matches will be the last competition for the U.S. before the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

“These games and the few training sessions we’ll have are just more tests, more challenges and more learning opportunities, for the players and coaches,” Andonovski said. “The three matches will certainly be important in the selection of the Olympic Team, but we are also focused on the big picture and the overall body of work the players have put together over the past year or so for the National Team and their clubs. During these games we’ll also focus on preparing for the Olympic group matches, so we need to balance all of that, as well as manage the overall physical load on the players.”

Two players will be joining from France: Catarina Macario (Lyon) and Alana Cook (PSG). Meanwhile, Abby Dahlkemper — who is rumored to be in talks to return to the North Carolina Courage — will join from England, where she featured for Manchester City.

The full roster, along with the Summer Series schedule, is listed below.

USWNT Summer Series Schedule

Date                 Matches                       Stadium           City                   Kickoff (CT)               TV

June 10       Jamaica vs. Nigeria       BBVA Stadium  Houston, Texas            4:30 p.m.

June 10      USA vs. Portugal           BBVA Stadium  Houston, Texas             7:30 p.m.       FS1

June 13       Portugal vs. Nigeria       BBVA Stadium  Houston, Texas            6 p.m.

June 13       USA vs. Jamaica           BBVA Stadium  Houston, Texas            9 p.m.              FS1

June 16      USA vs. Nigeria             Q2 Stadium      Austin, Texas                8 p.m.        ESPN2

USWNT Summer Series 23-player Roster

Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders (8): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City, ENG), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)

Midfielders (6): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards (6): Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United, ENG), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)

Nigerian WNT Roster

*Jamaica and Portugal have not yet named their Summer Series roster.