Boston Breakers forward Midge Purce has been called up to the first USWNT U-23 camp of 2018, which runs from January 4 - 11 in Carson, CA. As per US Soccer’s press release, the full senior team will also be in camp at the same time, no doubt allowing Jill Ellis to evaluate younger players she considers to be on the periphery of the senior WNT. 26 players total were named to the U-23 roster.
Purce has been called up to the senior team before, as in July of last year when she was named as one of six midfielders available ahead of the Tournament of Nations. Purce was available for all three ToN games but was never subbed in.
The United States will be playing Denmark in San Diego on January 21, so a good evaluation in this camp could mean another shot at finally getting her first senior WNT cap. Forward is a fairly deep position for the USWNT right now, though, so Purce may find a hard time breaking in there, unless she proves herself versatile enough to shift around and play a little deeper.
FULL U-23 ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Emily Boyd (California; Scottsdale, Ariz.), Ella Dederick (Washington State; Camarillo, Calif.), Devon Kerr (Ohio State; Barrie, Ontario), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (8): Indigo Gibson (California; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.), Hailey Harbison (Pepperdine; San Diego, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Hailie Mace (UCLA; Ventura, Calif.), Phoebe McClernon (Virginia; West Chester, Pa.), Paige Monaghan (Butler; Roxbury, N.J.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Samantha Staab (Clemson; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Dorian Bailey (North Carolina; Mission, Kan.), Jaye Bossiere (Stanford; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Haley Hanson (Nebraska; Overland Park, Kan.), Julie James (Baylor; Fairview, Texas), Cece Kizer (Mississippi; Overland Park, Kan.), Brianna Visalli (Pepperdine; San Jose, Calif.)
FORWARDS (7): Kyra Carusa (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Summer Green (Chicago Red Stars; Milford, Mich.), Cyera Hintzen (Texas; Garland, Texas), Darian Jenkins (NC Courage; Riverton, Utah), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; Silver Spring, Md.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Morgan Weaver (Washington State; University Place, Wash.)