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Naeher Named to Algarve Cup Roster

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Photo credit: Kari Heistad/

Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster ahead of next month’s Algarve Cup, which runs from Mar. 4-11.

Naeher, who won the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, earned her first cap last year in a 7-0 romp over Argentina on Dec. 18, 2014. She will reunite with former Breakers teammates Sydney Leroux, Kelley O’Hara, Lauren Holiday, Megan Klingenberg and Heather O’Reilly for the tournament.

“The value of the Algarve Cup is of course great games against top teams in a tournament format without much rest,” said U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis in a release on Saturday. “In any year, this tournament presents great challenges, but as we continue to progress towards the World Cup, we want to get tested at the highest possible levels. Our opponents at this tournament give us another opportunity to gauge our depth and fitness.”

The U.S. will kick off the tournament on Mar. 4 against Norway at Estádio Municipal.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

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