Royals’ Becky Sauerbrunn, Amy Rodriguez and Abby Smith called up for USWNT friendlies vs. China

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Royals host Orlando Pride at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Wednesday May 9, 2018. Orlando Pride forward Sydney Leroux (2) and Utah Royals FC defender Becky Sauerbrunn (4).

The Utah Royals’ Becky Sauerbrunn, Amy Rodriguez and Abby Smith have all been called up to the U.S. Women’s National Team for a pair of upcoming friendlies between the USWNT and China — which will include a stop at Rio Tinto Stadium — the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Tuesday.

The call-up comes during a FIFA break for the NWSL. The U.S. squad will also include Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath.

The USWNT call-up period will run from June 1-13, with the team playing China on June 7 at Rio Tinto (7 p.m.) and again on June 12 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

“Obviously, there’s a great history between the countries and we always enjoy the matches against China,” UWSNT coach Jill Ellis told USsoccer.com. “They bring a level of technical skill and tactical savvy that challenges us, which is what we need as we continue to prepare for World Cup qualifying in the fall.”