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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has selected 25 players to the training camp roster for the 2018 Tournament of Nations, which begins next Thursday, July 26, when the U.S. faces Japan at world-class Children's Mercy Park in the second game of a high-profile doubleheader.


The U.S. WNT and Japan will square off at 6 p.m. CT on the opening matchday of an elite tournament that showcases four of the best women's national teams in the world. The first match of the Children’s Mercy Park double-feature will see Brazil battle Australia at 3:15 p.m. CT.


Tickets for the doubleheader are now on sale through ussoccer.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.


The U.S. WNT will gather on Friday for several days of training at Pinnacle — the new, state-of-the-art training home of Sporting Kansas City — before opening the tournament against Japan at Children’s Mercy Park in a game that will air live nationally on FS1. Ellis will name a final 23-player roster before the start of the tournament, which will also include tests versus Australia on July 29 in East Hartford, Connecticut (6 p.m. CT on FS1) and against Brazil on Aug. 2 in Bridgeview, Illinois (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1).


U.S. WNT Training Camp Roster by Position; Caps/Goals


GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 16/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 29/0)


DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 19/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 8/0), Jaelene Hinkle (NC Courage; 8/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 139/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 17/0)


MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars; 75/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 61/15), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 51/5), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 8/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 254/100), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 36/7), Allie Long (Seattle Reign FC; 39/6), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 2/0)


FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 64/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 133/19), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 142/86), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; 3/1), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 100/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 137/37), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 131/30)


The USA squad features several superstars from the team that won the 2015 FIFA World Cup — namely two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, prolific goal scorer Alex Morgan (pictured above), winger Megan Rapinoe and midfielder Tobin Heath. Also included in the roster is 27-year-old goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, a native of Salina, Kansas, who played four years of college soccer at Oklahoma State University before turning professional in 2013.


The 2018 Tournament of Nations will feature four of the top eight women’s teams in the latest FIFA rankings, with No. 1 USA followed by No. 6 Japan, No. 7 Brazil and No. 8 Australia. The tournament will provide stern competition as the U.S. WNT prepares for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship, running from Oct. 4-17, which will determine the region’s three representatives at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer in France.


2018 Tournament of Nations Schedule

<strong>Date</strong>
<strong>Matches</strong>
<strong>Stadium</strong>
<strong>City</strong>
<strong>Kickoff (CT)</strong>
<strong>TV</strong>
July 26
Brazil vs. Australia
Children's Mercy Park
Kansas City, KS
3:15 p.m.
July 26
USA vs. Japan
Children's Mercy Park
Kansas City, KS
6 p.m.
FS1
July 29
Japan vs. Brazil
Pratt &amp; Whitney Stadium
East Hartford, CT
3:15 p.m.
July 29
USA vs. Australia
Pratt &amp; Whitney Stadium
East Hartford, CT
6 p.m.
FS1
Aug. 2
Australia vs. Japan
Toyota Park
Bridgeview, IL
4:45 p.m.
Aug. 2
USA vs. Brazil
Toyota Park
Bridgeview, IL
7:30 p.m.
FS1

The U.S. WNT and Japan notably met in the 2011 and 2015 FIFA World Cup Finals as well as the gold medal match at the 2012 Olympics. Japan edged the Americans in a penalty shootout to hoist their first World Cup title seven years ago, but the U.S. exacted revenge the following summer with a 2-1 win to secure Olympic gold and prevailed 5-2 to take the 2015 World Cup crown.


Each of the USA’s opponents in the 2018 Tournament of Nations has already qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Australia and Japan punched their tickets by finishing first and second, respectively, in Group B at the 2018 AFC Asian Cup in Jordan. Brazil secured its berth by taking first place in the final stage of the 2018 Copa América Femenina in Chile.


The U.S. WNT has played in Kansas City seven times since its inaugural visit in 1999, winning four and drawing three. Children’s Mercy Park will play host to its fourth U.S WNT contest, having welcomed crowds for a 1-1 friendly draw against Canada in 2011, a 1-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and a 4-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica in 2016. The U.S. Women's and Men's National Teams are 10-0-4 in 14 combined visits to Kansas City, including a 6-0-2 mark at world-class Children's Mercy Park.


U.S. Women's National Team in Kansas City


  • Oct. 7, 1999 vs. Finland: W 6-0 at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Aug. 20, 2000 vs. Canada: T 1-1 at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Oct. 22, 2003 vs. Italy: T 2-2 at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Oct. 16, 2004 vs. Mexico: W 1-0 at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Sept. 17, 2011 vs. Canada: T 1-1 at Children’s Mercy Park
  • Oct. 15, 2014 vs. Trinidad and Tobago: W 1-0 at Children’s Mercy Park
  • July 22, 2016 vs. Costa Rica: W 4-0 at Children’s Mercy Park


The U.S. WNT's arrival in Kansas City comes during a momentous time for soccer in the metropolitan area. The 2026 FIFA World Cup was awarded to North America last month, with Kansas City in contention as one of 23 Candidate Host Cities across the United States, Mexico and Canada. In addition to welcoming fans for next Thursday's Tournament of Nations doubleheader, Children's Mercy Park will also host a 2019 Concacaf Golf Cup men's doubleheader next summer.