Racing Louisville FC’s Emily Fox will make her return to the United States Women’s National Team as part of a 21-player roster named Wednesday by coach Vlatko Andonovski.
Fox will depart for training camp following Saturday’s Racing game against the Orlando Pride at Lynn Family Stadium and be eligible for a pair of games against Korea Republic on Oct. 21 in Kansas City (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and Oct. 26 in St. Paul, Minn. (7:30 p.m., FS1).
A versatile defender who has played both outside back and in the Racing midfield, Fox makes this her first call up since February, when she trained with the U.S. Women’s National Team ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The University of North Carolina product — drafted No. 1 overall by Racing out of college — has so far numbered four caps in the red, white and blue.
“First and foremost, I am excited,” Fox said. “I think getting called in at any point is very exciting and always an opportunity. I know at this camp we are playing two games and it is a short trip. I am just hoping I can absorb everything, learn a lot and try to prove myself as much as I can.”
The USWNT roster features 17 players from the bronze medal-winning 2020 Tokyo Olympics Team, plus four additions in forwards Mallory Pugh and Sophia Smith, midfielder Andi Sullivan and Fox.
In conjunction with the upcoming friendlies, the USWNT will honor two-time World Cup winner Carli Lloyd, who has announced her impending retirement.
“Everything Carli has accomplished is amazing,” Fox said. “I am hoping this camp I can gain wisdom from this experience, see how they enjoy it and see if I can emulate that joy.”
USWNT roster by position (club; caps/goals)
Goalkeepers (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; 6), Adrianna Franch (Kansas City NWSL; 9)
Defenders (7): Abby Dahlkemper (Houston Dash; 76/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 41/1), Emily Fox (Racing Louisville; 4/0), Casey Krueger (Chicago Red Stars; 36/0), Kelley O’Hara (Washington Spirit; 147/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC; 195/0), Emily Sonnett (Washington Spirit; 60/0)
Midfielders (5): Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 104/23), Rose Lavelle (OL Reign; 64/16), Catarina Macario (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 10/3), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash; 30/4), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit; 19/2)
Forwards (7): Tobin Heath (Arsenal, ENG; 179/36), Carli Lloyd (NJ/NY Gotham FC; 314/134), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 188/114), Mallory Pugh (Chicago Red Stars; 65/18), Megan Rapinoe (OL Reign; 185/61), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC; 8/1), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage; 42/13)