Feb. 21, 2013
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Kristen Mewis Named To US National Team Roster
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Sermanni Names 23-Player Roster For 2013 Algarve Cup
Former Boston College midfielder Kristen Mewis was named to the U.S. Women's National team 23-player roster for the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal this afternoon. The US team will compete from March 6-13 in the tournament and will depart for Portugal on Feb. 25.
Mewis, who was selected third overall in the NWSL College Draft, has already earned a cap with the team. She played her first game on Feb. 9 in the 4-1 win over Scotland.
The U.S. team, which has been placed into Group B at the annual tournament, will open play on March 6 against Iceland (9 a.m. ET) in Albufeira. The USA will face China on March 8, again in Albufeira (9 a.m. ET), and will finish the first round on March 11 against Sweden in Lagos (10 a.m. ET) in what will be the first meeting between the teams since former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage returned home to coach her native country. Group A features Germany, Norway, Japan and Denmark. Group C features host Portugal, Hungary, Wales and Mexico.
This will be the 18th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament eight times, including three straight championships from 2003-05 at what has become one of the world's most competitive international women's events. Last year, the USA lost 1-0 to Japan in group play - which turned out to be the USA's only loss of the year - and was forced to the third-place match where the Americans rolled past Sweden 4-0 on Alex Morgan's first career hat trick.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Duisburg), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg FC), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (PSG), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon)
FORWARDS (5): Lindsey Horan (PSG), Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)