The U.S. Women’s National Team concludes its 2016 schedule this Sunday, Nov. 13 with a match against Romania in Carson, California at StubHub Center (6:30 p.m. PT on FS1). Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, who was originally named to the roster, did not come in to camp due to a family commitment, while defender Abby Dahlkemper, who was with the team for the first week of training camp and in San Jose for the match, did not come to Los Angeles due to a foot injury.
DEFENDERS (6): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Emily Menges (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars),
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Andi Sullivan (Stanford)
FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Jessica McDonald (Western New York Flash), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Lynn Williams (Western New York Flash)
Romania Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Roxana Oprea (Olimpia Cluj), Linda Kajtar (ACS Vasas Femina Odorhei)
DEFENDERS (5): Andreea Corduneanu (Olimpia Cluj), Lidia Havristiuc (Olimpia Cluj), Maria Ficzay (Medyk Konin, POL), Ana Maria Gorea (ASA Târgu Mures), Teodora Meluta (Olimpia Cluj)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Ioana Bortan (Olimpia Cluj), Adina Giurgiu (Olimpia Clurj), Raluca Sarghe (Konak Belediyespor, TUR), Ştefania Vătafu (Olimpia Cluj), Andreea Voicu (Olimpia Cluj), Beatrice Tarasila (Olimpia Cluj), Cristina Carp (Olimpia Clurj)
FORWARDS (5): Laura Rus (Icheon Daekyo, KOR), Alexandra Lunca (Olimpia Cluj), Mara Batea (Olimpia Cluj), Mihaela Ciolacu (Olimpia Cluj), Loredana Popa (Olimpia Cluj)
Familiar Names Return: Four veterans of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Team and 2016 Olympic Team who were not called in for the games against Switzerland in October return to the roster: defenders Julie Johnston and Ali Krieger, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Alex Morgan. Additionally, four of the six players that earned their first cap against Switzerland last month are available for this game: forwards Lynn Williams and Kealia Ohai, defender Casey Short and midfielder Andi Sullivan.
California Ties: The game represents a homecoming of sorts for several players on the roster as they all have ties to either the Bay Area, Southern California or the state of California itself. Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Alex Morgan (California), Christen Press (Stanford) and Andi Sullivan (Stanford) all attended (or attend in the case of Sullivan) colleges in the Bay Area and within 50 miles of Avaya Stadium. Additionally, Morgan (Diamond Bar) and Press (Palos Verdes Estates) are native to Southern California, while Williams, who attended Pepperdine in Malibu (not far as the crow flies from the StubHub Center) calls Fresno home. Samantha Mewis went to school at UCLA, a few miles from StubHub Center, while Megan Rapinoe, is also a native of the state, as she hails from Redding up in the very north part of California about 120 miles from the Oregon border.
Press and Dunn: Both Christen Press and Crystal Dunn lead the team in appearances this year with 24, having played in all matches the USA has contested in 2016. Press now has 40 goals in 79 international appearances after tallying her fourth career hat trick against Romania on Nov. 10 in San Jose, while Dunn has 17 international goals and 13 in 2016, which is third-best on the team this year. Press has now moved past April Heinrichs and Sydney Leroux into 14th place on the U.S. WNT all-time goals list. She is averaging just under a goal for every two games she plays (0.47 goals per game) for the WNT.
Home Sweet Southern Cal: The U.S. Women are familiar to the Southern California area, having played 20 matches here, 10 of them at StubHub Center, where the team has gone 10-0-0, scoring 37 goals and allowing just three. The most recent match at the SHC was a 2-1 win vs. Australia on Sept. 16, 2012.
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