August 12, 2014
ELLIS PICKS HER TEAM
19 players set for Switzerland
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 19 players for the game with Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
"With the very short time together, we're just bringing in these 19 players, but we're excited about the chance to play a team that has some talented attackers and that will be in the World Cup next summer," said Ellis.
Eighteen of the 19 players have played in the National Women's Soccer League this season; midfielder Morgan Brian, a rising senior at the University of Virginia, is the only non-professional on the roster. The match could mark the first attempt for goalkeeper Hope Solo to break the USA's all-time shutout record; she is currently tied with Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.
Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. It marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women's World Cup at the senior level.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)