Just as another reminder of how impressive a roster Laura Harvey has assembled during the offseason, the Seattle Reign had four players called into the United States women's national team ahead of two games against China (April 6 and 10). No other NWSL team had more than three players called in.
None of the four were a surprise, of course. Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe, Hope Solo and Stephanie Cox have been national team fixtures. But they are also just four of the Reign's eight internationals with Jess Fishlock (Wales), Kim Little (Scotland), Nahomi Kawasumi (Japan) and Carmelina Moscato (Canada) also boasting such credentials.
The immediate downside to all this international talent is that the four USWNT players, at least, will miss the Reign's two preseason games (at University of Washington on April 3 and vs. Seattle Pacific on April 5). They should be back with the team in time for the season opener against the Boston Breakers at Memorial Stadium on April 13. The next USWNT match on the schedule is May 8 against Canada, two days before the Reign visit the Portland Thorns.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster - (Detailed Roster)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (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 (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Pairs Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Katie Stengel (LA Blues), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)