This is Killion's first call-up to the full national team. Mewis earned her first earlier last month. The Bruin duo join Virginia's Morgan Brian as the only three collegians on the squad. Killion is a two-time first-team NSCAA All-Pacific Region honoree and led UCLA and the Pac-12 with 12 assists in 2013. Mewis is a three-time All-Pac-12 selection and scored 21 points off 6 goals and 9 assists during UCLA’s NCAA championship season in 2013.
The tournament will run from Mar. 5-12, with the U.S. team departing for Europe on Feb. 25. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of Portugal, with several matches (including the championship game) at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on Mar. 12.
The top-ranked U.S. team has been placed in Group B for the annual tournament and will open play on Mar. 5 against third-ranked Japan (4:45am PT) in Parchal. The U.S. will then face sixth-ranked Sweden on Mar. 7 in Albufeira (5:30am PT) and will finish group play on Mar. 10 against 13th-ranked Denmark in Albufeira (7:40am ET). Before the competition starts, Sermanni will name 23 players to the tournament roster.
The U.S. has won the Algarve Tournament a record nine times and is the defending champion.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich), Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)