The 26-player roster for the U.S. National Women’s Soccer team was released on Tuesday by head coach Jill Ellis for the squad’s upcoming training camp, which will be held in Portugal.

Included among those selected was UNC sophomore defender Emily Fox, who was one of two collegiate players selected to the team.

She is also one of five current or former Tar Heels on the roster, joining goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and forwards Tobin Heath, Crystal Dunn and Jessica McDonald.

Following the training camp, the national team will stay in Europe for its first two matches of the year–which will be against France on Jan. 19 and Spain on Jan. 22.

This summer, the U.S. will be looking to defend its 2015 FIFA World Cup title.

“We are fortunate to have solid depth in numbers for this pre-camp, because having the ability to train against ourselves is a vital part of our preparation,” Ellis said. “Inviting seven central midfielders and seven forwards for three starting positions each, speaks to the depth and competitiveness of the front six.

“We recognize that we have formally entered a World Cup year and I know the players’ focus and enthusiasm will reflect the importance of the work we have to do in January.”

 

 

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