US women’s soccer takes veteran team to Tournament of Nations in KCK

CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 12: Samantha Mewis #3 of the United States chases down a pass during the first half against China at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 12, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The top-ranked U.S. will bring a veteran group to the four-team Tournament of Nations, which begins next week with a match against Japan at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.

U.S. coach Jill Ellis announced her training roster of 25 players Wednesday, all but three of whom played for the national team this year. The newcomers are goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, forward Kealia Ohai and defender Jaelene Hinkle, while defenders Casey Short and Emily Sonnett are back from injury.

The roster will be pared to 22 before the U.S. faces Japan on July 26. Brazil plays Australia the same day in the opener of round-robin tournament.

The Tournament of Nations is an important tuneup for the U.S. ahead of World Cup qualifying, which begins with group matches Oct. 4 in Cary, North Carolina.

CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 12: Lin Yuping #6 of China fights Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States for possession during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 12, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 12: Lou Jiahui #25 of China battles with Crystal Dunn #19 of the United States during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium on June 12, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)