CHICAGO (Oct. 14, 2014) – One day before the USA kicks off the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship on Wednesday against Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas (7:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 2), U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has made a roster change due to injury, replacing defender Crystal Dunn with defender/midfielder Julie Johnston.
An MRI confirmed that Dunn suffered a mild sprain to the medial collateral ligament in her right knee at training last Friday and will be out for 2-4 weeks.
“It’s an unfortunate situation and we definitely feel for Crystal, but we are confident that Julie can come in and contribute to our qualifying campaign,” said Ellis. “She’s a versatile player, she’s been training well and she’s ready to go.”
Johnston, who has four caps, including two appearances this year, was the 2014 NWSL Rookie of the Year for the Chicago Red Stars and scored her club’s first and last goals of the season.
She was the captain of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan (a team on which Dunn also played a key role) and was awarded the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament, a rare honor for a defender.
Johnston has been training with the U.S. team in Kansas City, Mo., since camp began on Oct. 6.
After the match against T&T, the USA will continue Group A play against Guatemala on Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. CT (FOX Sports 1) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and finish the first round against Haiti on Monday, Oct. 20, at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., at 7:30 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1).