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US forward Alex Morgan could return from ankle injury in exhibitions against France
CHICAGO - Alex Morgan could return to the U.S. women's soccer team for the first time since an ankle injury last fall when the Americans play a pair of exhibition games against France.
Morgan, who has 40 goals in 70 international appearances, hurt her ankle during training in late October, played against Brazil on Nov. 10 and hasn't appeared since.
U.S. Soccer said Monday she will be evaluated by the team's medical and performance staff ahead of the games on June 14 at Tampa, Florida, and five days later at East Hartford, Connecticut.
The 26-player roster is the first for the Americans since Jill Ellis was hired as coach on May 16. She had been the interim coach since Tom Sermanni was fired in early April.
Midfielder Shannon Boxx will attend training camp for evaluation. The three-time Olympic gold medallist , who has 27 goals in 186 appearances, hadn't been on the roster since the Algarve Cup in March 2011 and is rejoining the team for the first time since giving birth to a daughter in February.
Midfielder Kristie Mewis has recovered from an ankle injury that hampered her since April.
Ellis will select 18 players to dress for each match.
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington), Hope Solo (Seattle)
Defenders: Stephanie Cox (Seattle), Crystal Dunn (Washington, Whitney Engen (Houston), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston), Ali Krieger (Washington), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (Kansas City)
Midfielders: Shannon Boxx (Chicago), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland), Lauren Holiday (Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago), Carli Lloyd (Western New York), Allie Long (Portland), Kristie Mewis (Boston), Heather O'Reilly (Boston)
Forwards: Sarah Hagen (Kansas City), Sydney Leroux (Seattle), Alex Morgan (Portland), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue), Christen Press (Chicago), Amy Rodriguez (Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western New York)
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