USWNT roster set for redemption
U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis announced her 23 player roster for this years World Cup in Canada on Tuesday. The roster boasts some familiar faces and a lot of new ones. There will be 8 ladies making their first ever World Cup appearance and 9 others who are playing in just their 2nd World Cup.
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So roughly 2/3 of the roster still feels the heartbreak of 2011 in Germany. The U.S. women made the World Cup Finals in 2011 where they took on Japan for the cup. Alex Morgan broke the scoreless game in the 69th minute only to see Japan tie it up in the 80th minute. The game went to overtime where the U.S. scored first but once again Japan tied it with a late OT goal. The 2011 World Cup Final was going to penalty kicks for 2nd time in history, but this time did not end like 1999 did for the USWNT. Japan beat the U.S. 3-1 in penalty kicks to win the first ever Women’s World Cup for an Asian squad.
This year, however, the USWNT has to feel like they are more poised than ever and playing in their own backyard. While the U.S. is not officially hosting the 2015 Women’s World Cup, it is being hosted by our neighbor to the north, Canada. The U.S. crowd should travel well with this team as it did 4 years ago in Germany. And all of the favorites will be back in action for the U.S. this time around as well. Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christie Rampone, Carli Lloyd and Shannon Boxx to name a few. The U.S. captain, Christie Rampone will be playing in her 5th World Cup which ties the record (Kristine Lilly) for most World Cup appearances by any American man or woman.
“The players selected have the confidence, experience and desire to help us win a world championship,” says coach Jill Ellis. “I feel that this group of players can accomplish our goals.”
The USWNT’s road to redemption starts against Australia on June 8th in Winnipeg. They will compete in Group D in the first stage against Sweden, Nigeria and aforementioned Australia. The 2015 Women’s World Cup Canada will run from June 6th until the 5th of July. The tournament can be seen on FOX & FOX Sports Networks. You will find the entire USWNT roster below.
Goalkeepers- Hope Solo, Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher
Defenders- Christie Rampone, Ali Krieger, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Whitney Engen, Lori Chalupny
Midfielders- Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Lauren Holiday, Morgan Brian
Forwards- Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez, Christen Press
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