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Lloyd, Pugh, and Purce Named to 26-Player Training Camp Roster for 2020 SheBelieves Cup

Sky Blue FC players Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh, and Margaret Purce have been named to the U.S. Women’s National Team 26-player training camp roster in preparation for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, which features the top-ranked Americans, No. 6 England, No. 10 Japan and No. 13 Spain. All of the matches will be shown on ESPN networks.

The U.S. team begins play in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday, March 5 against England at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and TUDN). Japan will kick off the tournament against Spain (4:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3) in the early game that day. All the teams will then travel to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., where the USA will play Spain on Sunday, March 8 (5 p.m. ET on ESPN and TUDN), following Japan vs. England (2:15 p.m. ET on ESPN3). The tournament will finish on Wednesday, March 11, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, as England takes on Spain (4:15 p.m. CT on ESPN3) followed by the tournament finale, featuring the USA against Japan (7 p.m. CT on ESPNews and TUDN).

The training camp roster that will come together in Orlando for just over a week of training before the first game features all 20 players who helped the USA qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and win the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament last weekend, beating Mexico 4-0 in the semifinal and Canada 3-0 in the title game. Vlatko Andonovski named six additional players, three of whom trained with the USA for a few days in advance of the Olympic qualifying tournament in defenders Margaret Purce and Casey Short and 2019 Women’s World Cup champion forward Mallory Pugh. Andonovski also named a fourth goalkeeper to the roster in Jane Campbell, as well as 2019 Women’s World Cup champion defender Tierna Davidson, and midfielder Jordan DiBiasi, who attended the USA’s Identification Training Camp last December. That was DiBiasi’s first senior USWNT call-up.

Andonovski will choose a final 23-player tournament roster for the SheBelieves Cup before the first game.

“As a team, we have lots of positive feelings coming out of Olympic Qualifying, but I think we all know that there’s still a lot of room for growth for this group and there’s no better way to continue that process than to play teams like England, Spain and Japan,” said Andonovski. “Our end goal is the Olympics, but we’re looking forward to a productive camp in Orlando and the challenge of playing three fantastic sides over the seven days. The rhythm of the SheBelieves Cup schedule directly matches what we will face in group play at the Olympics, and the value of getting a test run against this level of competition cannot be overstated.”

All four teams contesting the 2020 SheBelieves Cup made the knockout rounds of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup last summer in France.

USWNT 2020 SheBelieves Cup Training Camp Roster Club; Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 3), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 3), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 25), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 61)
DEFENDERS (9): Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage; 58/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 25/1), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage; 101/24), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride; 107/1), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC; 129/2), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC; 1/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 174/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 31/0), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride; 44/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 99/19), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 83/18), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 42/12), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage; 64/18), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 16/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 165;33), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 291/122), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage; 17/4), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 134/56), Mallory Pugh (Sky Blue FC; 62/18), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 165/51), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 25/9)

2020 SheBelieves Cup Schedule
March 5
Spain vs. Japan
4:15 p.m. ET
Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
March 5
USA vs. England
7 p.m. ET
Exploria Stadium; Orlando, Fla.
March 8
Japan vs. England
2:15 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
March 8
USA vs. Spain
5 p.m. ET
Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
March 11
England vs. Spain
4:15 p.m. CT
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
March 11
USA vs. Japan
7 p.m. CT
Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas

Tickets for all three doubleheaders are selling well and can be purchased through ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order directly at ussoccer.com. Each ticket is valid for both matches of the doubleheader for the date purchased.

Coaches Circle and Presidents Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund can receive individual customer support and concierge services for their ticketing needs. Click here or contact circles@ussoccer.org for more information.

As a proud supporter of the USWNT through 2023 and the presenting sponsor of the SheBelieves Cup, Visa will continue its long-standing support in the development of women’s soccer. The support of U.S. Women’s Soccer complements Visa’s global investment in women’s soccer through partnerships with UEFA Women’s Football and Visa’s long-standing partnership with FIFA, including the FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica/Panama 2020.

Additional Notes:
Carli Lloyd comes into the tournament with 291 caps and 122 goals, nine games shy of becoming just the third player in history to reach 300 caps (where she would join former teammates Kristine Lilly and Christine Rampone), and just eight goals behind Lilly for third all-time in goals in U.S. history.
• Several players will be working to represent the USA at their clubs’ home stadiums. Three players on the training camp roster play for the Orlando Pride in defender Ali Krieger, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Emily Sonnett, and three more players play for Sky Blue FC in Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh and Margaret Purce.
Becky Sauerbrunn’s next cap will be her 175th, making her one of just 16 players in U.S. history to reach that mark, all of whom except for Carli Lloyd are retired.
• The tournament format for the SheBelieves Cup will be the same as the first four years. The winner will be determined by total points (three for a win, one for a draw), with the first tiebreaker being overall goal difference, followed by goals scored, then head-to-head result. If teams are still tied, the next tie-breaker will be the Fair Play ranking.
• The USA is 2-1-2 all-time at Red Bull Arena, home of the New York Red Bulls of MLS and Sky Blue FC of NWSL, including two matches during the SheBelieves Cup, a 1-0 loss to England in 2017 and a 1-1 draw with France in 2018. The USA also famously defeated Korea Republic 5-0 on June 20, 2013, as Abby Wambach scored four goals in the first half and broke Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record.

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