Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe was called into the USWNT roster for their September friendlies against Thailand and Netherlands.
She should still be available for selection for Reign's must-win match Sunday against the Washington Spirit (7 PM PST kickoff). Reign FC can still make the NWSL Playoffs this year if they Sunday's match and the regular season finale at Houston AND either Western New York Flash or Chicago Red Stars lose their final two matches.
How much time Rapinoe gets on the field is anyone's guess as she is still working on getting back to full match fitness, but for sure many eyes will be on her if she will continue kneel during the national anthem in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick that has made headlines since last Sunday at Chicago.
Last night after their loss to the Spirit, Rapinoe confirmed to reporters that she has been in communication with US Soccer and that she still intends to continue to her protest while wearing a United States shirt.
The USWNT host Thailand on Thursday, September 15 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio and will be broadcast on ESPN 2 at 5 PM PST. Their second September friendly will be three days later on Sunday, September 18 hosting the Netherlands in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. That match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 at 4 PM PST.
Full USWNT September friendlies call-up roster is below.
GOALKEEPERS: Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS: Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)