For the first time in the U.S. Women’s National Team history they will be facing Romania in two friendlies to close out the calendar year. The Americans are ranked (certainly questionable in my opinion) number one while Romania are currently 36th. Coach Jill Ellis has made a few changes to the roster that played less than a month ago, including some familiar veterans while incorporating youth at the same time; a theme fans should be getting used to.
Notable players who are not on the roster: Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh, Emily Sonnett, Meghan Klingenberg (lower back injury), Jaelene Hinkle (ankle injury). The full roster can be seen below.
We know what the U.S. will bring (Speed up top, depth in every position) but what do we know about Romania? Not a whole lot, but what I can tell you is they do a solid job of keeping tight formations under pressure and that is thanks in part to a backline that does a good job of communicating. That being said, Romania will look for an offside trap more times than not and the Americans will test that early on.
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The first match is set for November 10th at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. It can be viewed on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. CT. The second is set for November 13th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It will be on FS1 at 8:30 p.m. CT.
GK: Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns).
D: Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Abby Dahlkemper (Western New York), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Menges (Portland Thorns).
M: Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Sam Mewis (Western New York), Kristen Edmonds (Orlando Pride), Andi Sullivan (Stanford).
F: Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), Jessica McDonald (Western New York), Lynn Williams (Western New York).