University of Wisconsin midfielder Rose Lavelle is headed back into training camp with the U.S. women's national team.
Lavelle will take part in her third camp with the full national team ahead of a pair of friendlies against Japan early next month. U.S. manager Jill Ellis named a 25-player roster, though only 18 players will suit up for each match.
The U.S. and Japan, which have met in the past two Women's World Cup finals, will meet June 2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (8 p.m., FS1), then will square off again June 5 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (11:30 a.m., ESPN2). The U.S. is the reigning Women's World Cup champion, having won last year's final 5-2 in Canada after falling 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the 2011 final in Germany.
Lavelle, who recently was part of an Under-23 national team camp and is seeking her first cap with the full national team, is the only current college player on the U.S. roster for the training camp, which starts May 27 in Denver. However, 18-year-old forward Mallory Pugh is on the roster and will start her college career at UCLA in the fall.
The U.S. has won all 11 of its matches in 2016 and has outscored opponents 42-1. Japan, meanwhile, is now under the direction of Asako Takakura – the first female coach of its women's national team – after longtime coach Norio Sasaki stepped down.
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