Alex Morgan to miss Algarve Cup

CHICAGO -- American forward Alex Morgan will miss the Algarve Cup next month because of an ankle injury that has sidelined her since the start of the year.

Midfielder Tobin Heath, who hasn't appeared for the national team in about eight months, was among 24 players selected Monday by coach Tom Sermanni.

The Americans open the tournament in Portugal against Japan on March 5 in Parchal, face Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage two days later in Albufeira and end the first round against Denmark on March 10, also in Albufeira. Sermanni will cut one player from the roster before the tournament.

The U.S. has won the tournament in nine of 18 previous trips.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Jill Loyden (Sky Blue), Alyssa Naeher (Boston), Hope Solo (Seattle)

Defenders: Stephanie Cox (Seattle), Whitney Engen (Tyreso, Sweden), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyreso, Sweden), Ali Krieger (Washington), Kristie Mewis (Boston), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland)

Midfielders: Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain, France), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Carli Lloyd (Western New York), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O'Reilly (Boston), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle)

Forward: Sarah Hagen (Bayern Munich, Germany), Sydney Leroux (Seattle), Christen Press (Tyreso, Sweden), Amy Rodriguez (Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western New York)

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