NWSL Challenge Cup rosters: Rose Lavelle and Jessica McDonald are in, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath are out

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    NWSL clubs announced their rosters today ahead of the Challenge Cup kicking off Saturday, June 27 in Utah on CBS and CBS All Access. For more on how to watch every game, including NC Courage vs. Portland Thorns and Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit, click here.

    The tournament format will include eight teams split into two groups after the Orlando Pride, one of the nine NWSL teams, withdrew from competition due to a recent outbreak of positive COVID-19 cases. That means we won’t see Marta, Emily Sonnett, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris. Alex Morgan was not expected to play after the birth of her child on May 7.

    While some notable players are out from varying rosters, there are number a national team players listed with their respective clubs. United States national team players Rose Lavelle and Jessica McDonald were announced with Washington Spirit and North Carolina Courage, respectively. Internationals Rachel Daly (England) and Vero Boquete (Spain) were listed with Houston Dash and Utah Royals FC.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all players were given the option of abstaining from participation, with no impact on their contract status or benefits. Christen Press of the Utah Royals FC and Megan Rapinoe of OL Reign are some of the notable USWNT players who have opted out.

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    Below you’ll find the rosters for the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup and the players that have also opted out of the Utah bubble.

    Key: CDP – 2020 NWSL College Draft pick | FED – Federation Player | INTL – International Player  

    Chicago Red Stars

    No players opted out    

    • Goalkeepers (3): Emily Boyd, Cassie Miller, Alyssa Naeher (FED-USA)
    • Defenders (11): Camryn Biegalski, Julia Bingham, Tierna Davidson (FED-USA), Hannah Davison, Julie Ertz (FED-USA), Zoey Goralski, Sarah Gorden, Zoe Morse, Kayla Sharples, Casey Short (FED-USA), Bianca St. Georges
    • Midfielders (7): Morgan Brian (FED-USA), Danielle Colaprico, Vanessa DiBernardo, Savannah McCaskill, Yuki Nagasato (INTL-JPN), Cassie Rohan, Ella Stevens 
    • Forwards (7): Makenzy Doniak, Rachel Hill, Katie Johnson, Sarah Luebbert, Zoe Redei, Michele Vasconcelos, Kealia Watt 

    Houston Dash

    No players opted out  

    • Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell, Amanda Dennis, Lindsey Harris 
    • Defenders (5): Allysha Chapman, Katie Naughton, Megan Oyster, Ally Prisock, Erin Simon 
    • Midfielders (8): Shea Groom, Haley Hanson, Cece Kizer, Kristie Mewis, Christine Nairn, Cami Privett, Sophie Schmidt, Bri Visalli 
    • Forward (8): Bridgette Andrzejewski, Rachel Daly (INTL-ENG), Jamia Fields, Veronica Latsko, Maegan Kelly, Kayla McCoy, Nichelle Prince, Katie Stengel 

    North Carolina Courage

    No players opted out  

    • Goalkeepers (3): Stephanie Labbé (FED-CAN), Samantha Murphy, Katelyn Rowland
    • Defenders (11): Lindsay Agnew, Abby Dahlkemper (FED-USA), Jaelene Daniels, Abby Erceg, Hailey Harbison, Kaleigh Kurtz, Hailie Mace, Merritt Mathias (45-Day DL), Addisyn Merrick (CDP), Sinclaire Miramontez (CDP), Ryan Williams
    • Midfielders (7): Debinha (INT), Crystal Dunn (FED-USA), Samantha Mewis (FED-USA), Lauren Milliet, Denise O’Sullivan (INT), Cari Roccaro, Meredith Speck
    • Forwards (5): Kristen Hamilton, Jessica McDonald, McKenzie Meehan, Ally Watt (CDP), Lynn Williams

    OL Reign

    Notable players to opt out: Megan Rapinoe

    • Goalkeepers (3): Michelle Betos, Casey Murphy, Carly Nelson
    • Defenders (10): Lauren Barnes, Amber Brooks, Alana Cook, Steph Cox, Machaela George, Madison Hammond, Celia Jiménez Delgado (INT), Adrienne Jordan, Kristen McNabb, Taylor Smith
    • Midfielders (8): Morgan Andrews, Shirley Cruz (INT), Jess Fishlock, Kelcie Hedge, Allie Long (FED/USA), Rebecca Quinn (INT), Dani Weatherholt, Rosie White (INT)
    • Forwards (7): Bethany Balcer, Sofia Huerta, Darian Jenkins, Mariah Lee, Nicole Momiki, Jasmyne Spencer, Jodie Taylor

    Portland Thorns FC

    Notable players to opt out: Tobin Heath

    • Goalkeepers (3): Bella Bixby, Britt Eckerstrom, Adrianna Franch (FED-USA)
    • Defenders (9): Kelli Hubly, Meghan Klingenberg, Emily Menges, Meaghan Nally (CDP), Madison Pogarch, Katherine Reynolds, Becky Sauerbrunn (FED-USA), Autumn Smithers, Christen Westphal
    • Midfielders (6): Celeste Boureille, Lindsey Horan (FED-USA), Emily Ogle, Rocky Rodríguez (INTL-CRC), Angela Salem, Gabby Seiler
    • Forwards (7): Simone Charley, Marissa Everett, Tyler Lussi, Anika Rodriguez, Christine Sinclair (FED-CAN), Sophia Smith (CDP), Morgan Weaver (CDP)

    Sky Blue FC

    Notable players to opt out: Carli Lloyd (knee), Caprice Dydasco (ACL), and Mallory Pugh (hip).

    • Goalkeepers (4): Didi Haracic, Megan Hinz, Amanda “Mandy” McGlynn, Kailen Sheridan (FED-CAN) 
    • Defenders (7): Sabrina Flores, Mandy Freeman, Estelle Johnson, Gina Lewandowski, Kaleigh Riehl, Erica Skroski, Chantelle Swaby 
    • Midfielders (11): Cassidy Benintente, Nicole Baxter, Jennifer Cudjoe (INTL-GHA), Elizabeth Eddy, Naho Kawasumi (INTL-JPN), Margaret “Midge” Purce, Domi Richardson, Madison Tiernan, Sarah Woldmoe, Kenie Wright, McCall Zerboni 
    • Forwards (4): Imani Dorsey, Paige Monaghan, Ifeoma Onumonu, Evelyne Viens (INTL-CAN)

    Utah Royals FC

    Notable players to opt out: Christen Press

    • Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart, Abby Smith, Melissa Lowder
    • Defenders (9): Elizabeth Ball, Rachel Corsie, Taylor Leach, Gaby Vincent, Katie Bowen, Kelley O’Hara (FED-USA), Mallory Weber, Marissa Sheva, Michelle Maemone, Maddie Nolf
    • Midfielders (8): Vero Boquete (INTL-ESP), Diana Matheson (FED-CAN), Desiree Scott (FED-CAN), Chestley Strother, Lo’eau Labonta, Aminata Diallo (INTL-FRA), Gunny Jonsdottir, Kate Del Fava (CDP)
    • Forwards (7): Brittany Ratcliffe, Amy Rodriguez, Arielle Ship, Tziarra King (CDP), Taylor Lytle, Holly Daugirda, Raisa Strom-Okimoto  

    Washington Spirit

    No players opted out  

    • Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Bledsoe, Devon Kerr, Katie Lund 
    • Defenders (8): Tegan McGrady, Sam Staab, Paige Nielsen, Jenna Hellstrom, Brooke Hendrix, Tori Huster, Kaiya McCullough (CDP), Natalie Jacobs (CDP) 
    • Midfielders (8): Dorian Bailey, Jaye Boisierre, Jordan DiBiasi, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Rose Lavelle (FED-USA), Meghan McCool, Jessie Scarpa, Andi Sullivan 
    • Forwards (7): Averie Collins (CDP), Bayley Feist, Ashley Hatch, Katie McClure (CDP), Ashley Sanchez (CDP), Crystal Thomas, Kumi Yokoyama

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