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Lloyd, Rapinoe back on U.S. roster, Morgan (COVID-19) not

Field Level Media
07 Jan 2021, 07:55 GMT+10

Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are part of the U.S Women's National Team roster for an upcoming training camp. Fellow star Alex Morgan is not, however.

One day after Morgan revealed she and her family tested positive for COVID-19, she was left off the 27-player roster that will participate in thecamp from Jan. 9-22 in Orlando, Fla.

"We've been in communication and I personally have talked to Alex numerous times now," manager Vlatko Andonovski told reporters, "and I'm glad that herself and her family are doing well and slowly but surely they're putting everything behind them, and they're handling the virus very well."

Morgan said on social media accounts that she caught the virus while vacationing in California. He vowed that "after our isolation is completed, I will follow US Soccer's return to play guidelines to ensure my body is fully recovered and I can join my teammates back on the field soon."

Lloyd and Rapinoe missed the previous two national team camps but Andonovski said both players are in good shape.

"Both of them are a little bit ahead of what we expected for them to be for January camp, from the physical standpoint," Andonovski said of Lloyd and Rapinoe. "The only thing they're missing is a team training, so it's good that we have a good, eight or nine trainings before we go into the match, and both of them are expected to get minutes.

"Whether it is in the first or second game, we'll determine that. But from the mental standpoint, I think they're refreshed. Their mind is rested, and they're very excited to be back in camp."

Mallory Pugh -- another key member of the 2019 World Cup title team -- is also back on the roster.

The team will play friendlies against Colombia on Jan. 18 and 22. It will mark their first game action since March.


GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (10): Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Fox (UNC), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O'Hara (Washington Spirit), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit)

MIDFIELDERS (8): Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Jaelin Howell (Florida State), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City/ENG), Catarina Macario (Stanford), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City/ENG), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

FORWARDS (5): Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)

--Field Level Media

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