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USWNT: Kristen Hamilton, Casey Short added to roster for Portugal friendlies

Hamilton, who has eight goals and three assists in NWSL play this season, is in line to get her first national team cap.

NC Courage forward Kristen Hamilton plays against the Houston Dash at WakeMed Soccer Park on July 5, 2019 in Cary, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

Players who starred in the 2019 World Cup won’t be the only ones taking the field for the United States women’s national team in their upcoming victory tour matches against Portugal.

U.S. head coach Jill Ellis announced Monday that North Carolina Courage forward Kristen Hamilton and Chicago Red Stars defender Casey Short have been added to the roster for the two friendlies, the first on Thursday in Philadelphia and the second Sept. 3 in Minnesota.

“With the injuries we currently have to several World Cup players, and with two of our main priorities on the victory tour being spreading around the minutes and keeping players healthy for their clubs during this critical playoff push, it made sense to call in Casey and Kristen to give us options and depth for these games against what will be a tough Portugal team,” Ellis said in a statement. “Both players have been performing very well in the NWSL and I know they’ll fit right in with our group for these matches.”

If Hamilton, 27, appears for the Stars and Stripes, it will be her first appearance for the senior national team. The University of Denver product is having a stellar campaign in the NWSL this season, tallying eight goals and three assists in 16 games. Hamilton has also registered nine tackles and six interceptions. In a game earlier this season against the Houston Dash, she netted four goals in 75 minutes.

Hamilton was also recently named to the U.S. under-23 roster as an overage player for the upcoming Nordic Tournament

Short, 29, has 27 appearances for the national team since making her debut in 2016. She was with the team in 2018 for the SheBelieves Cup and the Concacaf Women’s Championship. Along with McCall Zerboni, she was one of Ellis’ final cuts from the 2019 World Cup roster.

In 18 NWSL games this season, Short has 35 tackles, 16 interceptions, two assists and one goal.

Several U.S. players have dealt with injuries since the end of the World Cup. It’s unclear if Megan Rapinoe (left achilles), Alex Morgan (concussion), Kelly O’Hara (left ankle), Mallory Pugh (right hip), Alyssa Naeher (left thigh), Rose Lavelle (head), Morgan Brian (left thigh) and Tierna Davidson (right thigh) will see the field in either match.

The match in Philadelphia will air on FS1 at 7 p.m. EST, while ESPN2 will carry the game in Minnesota at 7 p.m.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster – 2019 Victory Tour vs. Portugal

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (8): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)

FORWARDS (8): Kristen Hamilton (NC Courage), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC)

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