Heath was left off the list of the United States women’s team for the two exhibition games to be played in April in Europe while he recovers from an ankle injury. The 23 players were announced on Tuesday.
The list is almost identical to the one called by the coach Vlatko
Andonovski for last month’s SheBelieves Cup. The United States play Sweden in Stockholm on April 10 and France in Le Havre on April 13, as the team prepares for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Defender Ali Krieger and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who recently adopted a daughter, were also left off the list.
Six of the aforementioned players play in Europe: Samantha Mewis, Rose LaVelle, Christen Press, Alana Cook, Abby Dahlkemper and Catarina Macario. The other 17 players play in the National Women’s Soccer League. “The exciting thing is that I know that our players have the talent and the mentality to face those adversities with a lot of energy and overcome them. Heath continues to rehab from an ankle injury suffered with Manchester United.
Carli Lloyd will make her 300th appearance with the national team the next time she plays, joining Kristine Lilly (354) and Christie Pearce Rampone (311) as the only players to reach the milestone. Megan Rapinoe leads the team with five goals so far this year.
Goalkeepers: Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Casey Murphy (North Carolina Courage), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars); Defenders: Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain), Abby Dahlkemper (Manchester City), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit); Midfielders: Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyonnais), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City); Forwards: Carli Lloyd), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Manchester United), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage).