Emily Menges, Media day with flag, 11.2.16
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Thorns FC defender Emily Menges added to U.S. Women's National Team roster for friendly matches against Romania

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC defender Emily Menges has been added to the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 24-player training camp roster in preparation for the final two matches of the 2016 schedule against Romania on Nov. 10 and Nov. 13, it was announced today.

The Nov. 10 match against Romania will be played at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., with a live broadcast on ESPN2; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific). The Nov. 13 contest will be played at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., with a live broadcast on FS1; kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (Pacific). Head coach Jill Ellis will name 18 players to suit up for each match.

Menges, 24, earns her first call-up to the national team roster. The Garden City, N.Y., native was named to the 2016 NWSL Best XI after becoming the only Thorns FC player to start all 20 games this season and play every minute of every match. Menges was called into the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team training camp in December of 2013.

Thorns FC defender Meghan Klingenberg was ruled out of WNT camp due to a back injury, while Western New York Flash defender Jaelene Hinkle was ruled out due to a lingering ankle injury. Western New York forward Jessica McDonald also was added to the roster.

Menges is the fifth Thorns FC player to be named to the roster, joining midfielders Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Allie Long and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.