Alex Morgan highlights USWNT’s January camp roster

NWSL scoring champion Alex Morgan tops the 24-player ladies’s nationwide group roster known as up Thursday for an uncommon January coaching camp in New Zealand, the place the U.S. will open World Cup play in July.

The group will practice for six days earlier than dealing with New Zealand in Wellington on Jan. 18 and in Auckland two days later.

“We’ve been thinking about and planning for the World Cup for a long time. But when the calendar turns to the World Cup year, for sure it brings some renewed focus and energy as the tournament starts in less than 200 days,” U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski mentioned. “To get to bring the team to New Zealand in January and play in our World Cup venues has so many benefits so we are going to make sure we maximize our time together, make this trip as productive as possible and enjoy a unique experience as many of our players have never been to New Zealand before.”

The roster options 4 gamers with 100 caps or extra in defender Becky Sauerbrunn (211), Morgan (200), Crystal Dunn (126) and Lindsey Horan (122) and 14 with 25 or fewer caps, together with Hailie Mace (8), Taylor Kornieck (7) and Sam Coffey (4). Morgan, who topped the NWSL with 16 targets for the San Diego Wave final season, is the nationwide’s group main energetic scorer with 119 targets.

Defender Emily Sonnett and ahead Lynn Williams return to the roster after recovering from damage, however NWSL MVP Sophia Smith (foot) and former world participant of the yr Megan Rapinoe (ankle) are out.

This summer time’s match would be the first Girls’s World Cup held within the Southern Hemisphere. It is going to be performed July 20 to Aug. 20 in 10 stadiums throughout 9 host cities, 5 in Australia and 4 in New Zealand.

The U.S., the two-time defending champion, was positioned in Group E together with Vietnam, the Netherlands and the winner of a playoff involving Cameroon, Thailand and Portugal.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch (Kansas Metropolis Present), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Braveness), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Purple Stars)

Defenders: Alana Cook dinner (OL Reign), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville FC), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Naomi Girma (San Diego Wave FC), Sofia Huerta (OL Reign), Hailie Mace (Kansas Metropolis Present), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)

Midfielders: Sam Coffey (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Olympique Lyon), Taylor Kornieck (San Diego Wave FC), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign), Kristie Mewis (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Ashley Sanchez (Washington Spirit), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (San Diego Wave FC), Midge Purce (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Trinity Rodman (Washington Spirit), Mallory Swanson (Chicago Purple Stars), Lynn Williams (Kansas Metropolis Present)