On Friday, U.S. national soccer team head coach Jill Ellis announced the roster for the second friendly against South Korea, which will be held on Oct. 22 in Cary, N.C.
North Carolina fans will be happy to see one fresh face on the list: NC Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni has earned her first-ever national team call-up since her professional career began in 2009.
The 30-year-old product from UCLA has had a long journey through the development of women’s professional soccer in America. She first started in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league with the Los Angeles Sol, the Atlanta Beat and then the Western New York Flash before the WPS folded in 2012. After that, she played for four different clubs in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL): The WNY Flash, the Portland Thorns, the Boston Breakers and the NC Courage.
She helped the Flash win the 2016 NWSL championship before moving with the franchise to Cary, N.C. the following year. In 2017, she was a key player on the Courage roster and helped to lead them to win the league Shield as well as their second consecutive championship match. Zerboni was also named to the NWSL Best XI by the end of this season.
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Here’s the rest of the roster for Sunday:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 1/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 13/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 21/0),
DEFENDERS (6): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 10/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 54/12), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC; 102/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City; 132/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 16/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 40/4), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash; 243/97), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 31/5), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 31/5), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 0/0)
FORWARDS (5): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea FC; 56/22), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 131/78), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars; 93/43), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC; 126/33), Lynn Williams (NC Courage; 12/3)