As expected, four Seattle Reign players were named to the United States women's team roster for a trio of upcoming friendlies against Canada (Jan. 31) and Russia (Feb. 8 and 12). FC Kansas City, who had five players named to the roster, was the only NWSL team with more.
Highlighting just how different the Reign's roster looks at this point in the season as compared to last year, none of Hope Solo, Stephanie Cox, Megan Rapinoe or Sydney Leroux began the 2013 NWSL as contributing members of the roster. Solo began the year nursing an injury, Rapinoe was in France with Olympique Lyonnais and neither Cox nor Leroux were on the roster. Barring unforeseen circumstances, all four should be available when the season kicks off on April 12.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster By Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)