Despite the deadline for roster submissions being a month-and-a-half away, U.S. WNT coach Jill Ellis has announced the 23 players that will make the trip to Canada for this summer’s World Cup.
Veterans Hope Solo, Christie Rampone, and Abby Wambach highlight the roster that will seek to win the World Cup for the third time in its history.
Fellow goalkeepers Ashlynn Harris and Alyssa Naeher join Hope Solo, who should start the first World Cup group stage game versus Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg.
Christie Rampone has been named to her fifth World Cup roster, having been included in every World Cup squad since the last World Cup winning squad in 1999.
Defenders Becky Sauerbrunn, Ali Krieger, and Kelley O’Hara make their second consecutive World Cup rosters, being joined by debutants Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, and Julie Johnston.
Lori Chalupny completes her remarkable interantional comeback, having missed out on the 2011 World Cup due to concussion issues after playing four years prior.
In midfield, Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd, and Heather O’Reilly will be the leaders, having played in the last two World Cups.
Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe join 2014 U.S. Athlete of the Year Lauren Holiday in the midfield.
Up top, Abby Wambach is accompanied by Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Christen Press, and Amy Rodriguez.
Abby Wambach recently made the controversial decision to skip the 2015 NWSL season in order to concentrate on this summer’s tournament.
This marks the first time that the World Cup roster has expanded to 23 players, having been maxed out at 21 players in previous editions. This is coupled with the expansion of the tournament itself from 16 to 24 teams.
The United States will take on Australia, Sweden, and Nigeria in Group D, in a bid to secure their first World Cup title since 1999.
Be sure to check back on GotSoccer for updates on the U.S. WNT leading up to this summer’s World Cup.
2015 United States FIFA Women’s World Cup Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris* (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher* (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo*** (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny** (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen* (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston* (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg* (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger** (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara** (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone***** (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn** (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx**** (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian* (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath** (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday** (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd*** (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly*** (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe** (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux* (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan** (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press* (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez** (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach**** (unattached)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup
***** Fifth Women’s World Cup