Rapinoe's selection is bound to cause waves, given that she told SI.com that she plans to continue kneeling during the national anthem even while representing the USWNT.
Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe was among the 21 players called into the U.S. women’s national team ahead of its pair of September friendlies, the federation announced Thursday in a release.
Rapinoe’s selection is bound to cause waves, given that she told SI.com that she plans to continue kneeling during the national anthem even while representing the USWNT. Her protest, in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, led the Spirit to controversially play the song early prior to its match against the Reign on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C.
Seattle lost that match 2-1, and has been all but eliminated from playoff contention ahead of its home finale on Sunday evening against that same Spirit team.
The USWNT faces off with Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus and with the Netherlands on the 18th in Atlanta.
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Goalkeeper Hope Solo, currently serving her six-month national team suspension and sitting out the rest of the season for the Reign, was, of course, omitted from the roster.
Below is the USWNT squad in full:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)