It was announced on Wednesday that interim head coach, Jillian Ellis officially named her 22 players for the May 8, friendly against Canada. This squad is a great mix between young and experienced players and will give Canada a true run for their money for 90 minutes plus.
Of the 22 players named, 18 will officially suit-up for this friendly and have the ability to showcase their talent. The Women’s World Cup is just a year away and unlike the Men’s National Team, a majority of the roster is already decided, whether Ellis or whoever the next coach wants to admit it.
The USWNT has seen a steady spike in talent over the past five years and if history tells us anything, next years World Cup squad could be the best yet. On all accounts, the USWNT will certainly not treat their up-coming match against Canada as just a friendly. Similarly to the USA vs. Mexico rivalry, the game between the US and Canada is always hot and heavy. Several of the top players for the Canadian national team call the NWSL home, making this rivalry that much stronger and important.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Nikki Marshall (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
Ellis will have a tough job deciding how many of the younger players will actually get a chance to showcase what they are able to do. Here is a predicted line-up for how Ellis may choose to attack our neighbors up-north during the international friendly.
Goalie: Hope Solo
Defenders: Christine Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn, Stephanie Cox, Kelly O’Hara
Midfielders: Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Allie Long, Heather O’Reilly
Forwards: Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux
Subs: Jill Loyden (G), Nikki Marshall (D), Alli Krieger (D), Morgan Brian (M), Julie Johnston (M), Christen Press (F), Amy Rodriguez (F)