Ellis Names U.S. Roster for 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup Team

    chicago (April 14, 2015): 55 days to go until the united states’ opening match at the fifa women’s world cup 2015, united states. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the United States on the grandest stage in women’s soccer. The list will not be made official until it is submitted to FIFA on May 25, which is the deadline for all teams to submit their final squads.

    US Captain Christie Rampone has been named to her fifth Women’s World Cup list, tying Kristine Lilly for most World Cups for an American player, male or female. midfielder shannon boxx and forward abby wambach will play in their fourth world cup, while carli lloyd, hope solo and heather o’reilly make up their third women’s world cup roster. ellis named eight players who will participate for the first time and nine who will participate for the second time.

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    The list, which features three goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and five forwards, is the product of nearly 11 months of player evaluation since Ellis was appointed coach in May 2014. During that time, she has been on the bench for 23 caps (including two as caretaker manager before being officially appointed head coach) and has seen 34 players in training camp, 29 in caps and many more in nwsl matches. ellis selected 14 players who were part of the 2012 olympic gold medal winning team in london.

    “The selected players have the confidence, experience and desire to help us win a world championship,” said ellis. “We had a great group to choose from and at the end of last camp, I congratulated all the players on how much they pushed each other and competed to make this selection challenging.”

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    the women’s world cup roster will form the team for the united states’ final three matches before departing for canada. The three-game farewell series will take place in May and kick off when the United States takes on the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, May 10 at 11:30 a.m. San Jose earthquakes. From there, the United States will travel up the coast for their second match of the farewell series, facing Mexico on Sunday, May 17 at 6 p.m. pt at stubhub center in carson, california. Both California games will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.

    the united states heads to the east coast to wrap up the farewell series against the republic of korea on saturday, may 30 at the red bull arena in harrison, new jersey. the game will start at 4:30 p.m. et and will be broadcast on espn and watchspn. fans can follow all upcoming wnt matches on twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp.

    this summer, the united states will face australia, sweden and nigeria in group d of the fifa women’s world cup 2015. the united states opens against australia on june 8 at winnipeg stadium, followed by sweden on june 12 June in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.

    “It’s been a thorough evaluation process and we’ve had a lot of good opportunities to see players in highly competitive situations. I feel like this group of players can accomplish our goals,” Ellis said. “We have positional depth, versatility and players that will give us balance in each lane.”

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    the 2015 fifa women’s world cup will take place from june 6 to july 5 and all 52 games will be broadcast live on fox, fox sports 1, fox sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices via the fox sports go app and .

    2015 fifa women’s world cup usa roster by position: (detailed list) goalkeepers (3): ashlyn harris* (washington spirit), alyssa naeher* (boston breakers), hope solo** * (seattle kingdom 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* ** (Kansas City FC), Megan Rapinoe** (Seattle Kingdom 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**** (single)

    * 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

    additional notes:

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    • the 2015 fifa women’s world cup will be the seventh time fifa has hosted the event and the first to include 24 nations, up from 16 in the previous four editions. the 1991 and 1995 women’s world cups featured 12 teams.
    • with the addition of eight teams, the format now includes an additional knockout round game (round of 16) and will now require seven matches to win the tournament. , compared to six in previous tournaments. Partly due to the extra match, women’s world cup rosters now have 23 players (up from 21 in 2011).
    • christie rampone is ready to play her fifth women’s world cup tournament. Four players have previously played in five Women’s World Cups: Kristine Lilly of the United States (1991-2007), Formiga of Brazil (1995-2011), Birgit Prinz of Germany (1995-2011) and Homare Sawa of Japan (1995-2011). ). formiga and sawa have the opportunity to play in their sixth tournament this summer. norway’s bente nordby (1991-2007) was in five women’s world cup line-ups but played in four tournaments.
    • rampone is the last remaining active player on the fifa women’s world cup champion team 1999.
    • Only two men have appeared in five World Cups: goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal of Mexico (1950-1966) and midfielder Lothar Matthäus of Germany (1982-1998). italian goalkeeper gianluigi buffon was included in five teams, but played in four tournaments.
    • lori chalupny becomes the second player from the united states. history to be named in non-consecutive women’s world cup lists, following brandi chastain (1991, 1999). chalupny was a member of the 2007 women’s world cup squad.
    • Of the players named on the list, wambach has the most experience in the women’s world cup, having played 18 matches and scored 13 goals, a total time us soccer record holder Rampone has played in 17 women’s world cup matches, while shannon boxx has 15. other players with double figures in women’s world cup matches are carli lloyd (11), heather o’reilly ( 11) and hope solo (10).
    • The players who made their first women’s world cup roster are: ashlyn harris, alyssa naeher, whitney engen, julie johnston, meghan klingenberg, morgan brian, sydney leroux and christen press.
    • johnston and brian were part of the united states team that won the 2012 fifa u-20 women’s world cup in japan.
    • naeher, leroux, klingenberg and morgan were part of the united states team. team that won the 2008 fifa u-20 women’s world cup in chile.
    • o’reilly, harris and chalupny were part of the united states team. team that won the fifa u-19 women’s world cup in canada in 2002.
    • fifteen players on the list have played for the united states in a fifa women’s world cup at youth level.
    • brian is the youngest player on the team at 22 years old. johnston is 23. rampone is the oldest player at 39 and will turn 40 during the tournament on june 24th. boxx is 38 years old.
    • all nine nwsl clubs are represented on the roster with chicago red stars and fc kansas city with four players each.
    • rampone is the player with the most caps on the list with 304 games played. Johnston is the fewest capped outfield player, making the World Cup squad having played in just nine games so far, four starts. he has already scored twice, once in each of the last two games.
    • substitute goalkeepers harris (6 games) and naeher (1) are the players with the fewest caps on the list.
    • the roster averages 101 matches per player and has a combined 122 women’s world cup matches.
    • the average age of usa players is . uu. the roster is 28 years old.
    • eight players have previously scored in a women’s world cup tournament, totaling 27 goals.
    • of the 13 players who played in the game 2012 Olympic gold medalist, 11 were named to this women’s world cup roster.
    • Six players on the roster are from California, while four are from New Jersey, two from Georgia and two from Georgia. are from st. louis, mo.

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