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US women’s coach Jill Ellis announces April friendlies roster
U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 24-player training camp roster for the USA’s two April friendlies, against Australia on April 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (7 p.m. MT on FS1) and against Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles (6 p.m. PT on ESPN2).
WNT April Roster (Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 20/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 41/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 35/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 17/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 80/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 98/1), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 153/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 30/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 77/18), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 64/7), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 23/6), Allie Long (Reign FC; 40/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 45/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 146/27), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 269/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 6/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 158/99), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 111/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 48/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 149/43)
What do you think of Coach Ellis’ roster?
Tyler Adams talks Bundesliga and new coach, system with USMNT
US Soccer has a great Q&A with the talented Tyler Adams. The 20-year-old midfielder talks about moving to RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga and a new coach and system with the U.S. MNT.
Here is one of the more interesting questions – and answers.
ussoccer.com: While a number of young guys got their chances with the MNT last year, there’s been a shift in the last few camps as more veteran players have come back into the fold. How do you feel about having more experience around this group?
TA: “I absolutely think it’s crucial to help the team develop in the right way. As a young player, it’s a little bit different. Of course you want to be around all your buddies and connect with guys your age, but the veterans offer experience that we don’t have. I think whether it’s leadership on and off the field and being able to connect in different ways is important.”
Are there too many veterans on the US roster, taking spots from young up-and-comers?
City’s De Bruyne singing Jay-Z’s favorite tune
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has said he’s “incredibly excited” to join Roc Nation Sports, the management company founded by rapper Jay-Z. De Bruyne announced the new link-up on Twitter on Tuesday.
Roc Nation Sports already represents Belgium teammate and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is among the athletes to have joined Jay-Z’s agency in recent years.
De Bruyne, 27, became City’s record signing when he joined the club from Wolfsburg for £54 million in August 2015. Aymeric Laporte (£57 million) and Riyad Mahrez (£60 million) have since surpassed that fee, but De Bruyne remains arguably the most valuable player at the Etihad.
Injuries have restricted De Bruyne to only 23 appearances in all competitions this season. The Belgian has missed City’s last three games, but Pep Guardiola recently said his star would be fit to return to the fold after the international break.
What is your favorite Jay-Z song or Kevin De Bruyne highlight?
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