Fresno’s Lynn Williams was among 25 women named Wednesday to the training camp roster for the U.S. national soccer team ahead of next month’s SheBelieves Cup.
It’s the third national team camp for the former Bullard High and Pepperdine star, who made her national debut in October. Among those joining her this time will be North Carolina Courage teammate and midfielder Samantha Mewis, reigning FIFA Women’s Player of the Year Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan.
The team will train starting Feb. 20 in Orlando, Fla., with coach Jill Ellis finalizing the 23-player roster near the end of the one-week camp.
The United States plays Germany on March 1 in Chester, Pa., England three days later in Harrison, N.J., and France on March 7 in Washington, D.C., with matches broadcast on FS1 and KMPH (26.1).
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Midfielder Megan Rapinoe and midfielder/forward Kealia Ohai are among notable omissions. Rapinoe, a 31-year-old veteran of the past two World Cups, tore her right ACL in December 2015 and didn’t return until the Olympics in August. Ohai debuted with the national team last year, appearing in three matches.
Fuego add exhibition – The Fresno Fuego have added another date to their preseason schedule, announcing an exhibition against first-year United Soccer League club Reno 1868 FC on March 4 at Chukchansi Park.
USL is one division below Major League Soccer. On Feb. 18, Fuego will play the USL’s Sacramento Republic FC in the third annual Highway 99 Derby.
I’m really looking forward to playing against the Fresno Fuego. They always put a good team on the field and have an excellent supporters group.
Ian Russell, head coach of Reno 1868 FC
Both matches kick off at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at FresnoFuego.com and the stadium box office, starting at $10 for adults and $7 for youths.
Reno will play at Greater Nevada Field, the ballpark of the Reno Aces. The Aces are a Pacific Coast League divisional rival of the Fresno Grizzlies, the main tenant of Chukchansi Park.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
FRESNO FUEGO PRESEASON
Feb. 4: 3-0 vs. Central Valley All-Stars
Feb. 18: 7 p.m. vs. Sacramento Republic FC
March 4: 7 p.m. vs. Reno 1868 FC