Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe are back.
The two extraordinary midfielders — who, in their different ways, can change the course of a game with one kick — have been added to the training roster for a July 9 match in Chicago against South Africa.
Rapinoe won’t play against South Africa; she’s being called into camp strictly “for training and evaluation,” U.S. Soccer said. (For that matter, it’s still unclear whether Rapinoe will be ready for the Summer Olympics, which begin in early August.)
But Lloyd “should be available” should coach Jill Ellis need her against the South Africans.
The game is one of two remaining friendlies before the U.S. women’s team heads to Brazil for the Olympics. On July 22, the team plays Costa Rica in Kansas City.
The July 9 game against South Africa — the first meeting between the two teams — is at noon CT, It’s on Fox Sports 1.
The July 22 game against Costa Rica is at 8 p.m. CT. It’s on ESPN.
In Brazil, the Americans’ first Olympic match is Aug. 3 against New Zealand.