Mark your calendars: Coming in April

Tobin Heath and Oriánica Velásquez of Colombia, June 22, 2015. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

Tobin Heath and Oriánica Velásquez of Colombia, June 22, 2015. (Erich Schlegel/USA Today Sports)

Events this month: 

Two against Colombia, April 6 and April 10

Spring training

The U.S. women have only two games scheduled in April, both against Colombia, considered one of the rising squads in the hemisphere. (The Colombians are ranked 24th in the world, their highest ranking ever; seven years ago, they were No. 40.)

The teams last met on June 22, 2015, in the World Cup Round of 16. The United States won 2-0.

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Lauren Barnes

Coach Jill Ellis has assembled a roster of 23 players for the two friendlies. It includes 21 of the 22 players who took the United States to the title in the title of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup in early March. The odd woman out is Lauren Barnes, a 26-year-old defender from the Seattle Reign who didn’t play in any of the team’s three SheBelieves matches.

The two players added to the roster are Allie Long, a 28-year-old midfielder with  the Portland Thorns who spent time with the national team in 2014, and Ashley Sanchez, the captain of the under-17 team.

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Allie Long

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Ashley Sanchez

From her roster of 23, Ellis will choose 18 players to suit up for each match.

The April 6 game is at 6 p.m. CT in East Hartford, Conn. It will be on Fox Sports 1.

The April 10 game is at 1 p.m. CT in Chester, Penn. It will be on ESPN.

More than 18,000 tickets have been sold for the East Hartford match. Attendance could break the U.S. women’s record for a game played in Connecticut: 18,870 people saw a 2-2 draw with Germany in East Hartford on Oct. 23, 2012.

The game in Chester, just 30 miles from the hometown of Carli Lloyd, is sold out.

Carli Lloyd vs.Brazil, Oct. 21, 2015. (Jennifer Buchanan/USA Today Sports)

Carli Lloyd, Oct. 21, 2015. (Jennifer Buchanan/USA Today Sports)

 

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Birthdays

April 6 – Julie Johnston (photo) turns 24.
April 9 – Vero Boquete turns 29. Anson Dorrance turns 65.
April 20  – Alyssa Naeher turns 28
April 29 – Mallory Pugh turns 18

Julie Johnston and Alexandra Popp of Germany. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Julie Johnston and Alexandra Popp of Germany. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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