U.S. women's soccer Coach Jill Ellis has called 24 players into the final national team training camp ahead of this summer's Olympic Game in Brazil.
The U.S. will play two friendlies – July 9 in Chicago against South Africa and July 22 against Costa Rica in Kansas City, Kan. – before Ellis cuts the roster to the Olympic limit of 18 players. The U.S. opens defense of its Olympic title Aug. 3 against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte. The Americans will also play France in Belo Horizonte before closing group play against Colombia in Manaus. The top two teams in each of the three groups, plus the best two third-place teams advance to the knockout round.
The U.S. has captured the last three Olympic crowns and, after winning last summer's World Cup, is trying to become the first team to win world and Olympic titles in consecutive years.
Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Defenders: Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC),
Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Houston Dash),
Forwards: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit),