Vineland native Jillian Loyden could see some more playing time in goal with the U.S. National Women's Soccer team as starting goalkeeper Hope Solo will miss next month’s Algarve Cup because of a wrist injury.
Solo, who helped the Americans win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, has been playing with damaged ligaments in her right wrist, and the U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday she may need surgery. The USSF said the team’s medical staff advised Solo to have the wrist treated now because qualifying for the 2015 World Cup will not take place until late next year.
Loyden, Nicole Barnhart and Ashlyn Harris are the three goalkeepers on the 23-woman roster.
Solo was among seven players dropped from among the 29 who trained leading up to a pair of exhibitions against Scotland this month, joined by goalkeeper Jane Campbell; defenders Julie Johnston and Heather Mitts; midfielders Lori Lindsey and Keelin Winters; and forward Amy Rodriguez.
Coming off its third straight Olympic gold medal, the U.S. plays Iceland (March 6), China (March 8) and Sweden (March 11) at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, where the Americans will be seeking their ninth title in 18 appearances. The tournament will be televised in the U.S. for the first time, with matches available at a suggested retail price of $14.95 each on pay-per-view on iN Demand, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH.
The USSF announced an exhibition against the Netherlands at the Hague on April 9, four days after the Americans face Germany at Offenbach. The U.S. and Dutch women’s teams have not played since a 2-0 U.S. win in 2006 at South Korea. They have not met in the Netherlands since a 4-3 American loss in 1991.
The U.S. also has a June 2 exhibition against Canada at Toronto.
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Duisburg, Germany), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue)
Defenders: Rachel Buehler (Portland), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool, England), Ali Krieger (Washington), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (Kansas City)
Midfielders: Yael Averbuch (Goeteborg, Sweden), Shannon Boxx (Chicago), Lauren Cheney (Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Carli Lloyd (Western NY), Kristie Mewis (Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon, France)
Forwards: Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Sydney Leroux (Boston), Alex Morgan (Portland), Christen Press (Tyreso, Sweden), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)