April 14, 2015
"OVERWHELMED WITH EMOTION"
USWNT players react to Women's World Cup roster announcement
CHICAGO -- It never gets old, even for a grizzled Women's World Cup and Olympic veteran such as Hope Solo.
|" Iíve dreamed about this since I was a little girl," said WNT midfielder Morgan Brian of her selection to the Women's World Cup roster. "For the dream to come true is surreal."
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When the 33-year-old Solo discovered she was on the United States team that will play in Canada this season, she was ecstatic.
ďItís funny, because I am a veteran now and itís my third World Cup, but still, when the roster was set, when Jill [Ellis, the coach] called me up and said ĎCongratulations, youíve made the World Cup roster,í I still felt emotional, happy, filled with joy and proud," Solo said Tuesday after the 23-player roster was named.
"Anything can happen. You work for four years to make another roster and another roster and so it was just a nice dose of reality to know that I officially made the roster.Ē
As it was and then some for other players, especially the reserve keepers.
"I'm overwhelmed with emotion at this point," Ashlyn Harris said. "Words can't explain how honored I am to represent my country on the highest stage. I've worked my whole life for this moment. I want to thank my family, friends, and my club for the constant support and encouragement to get me where I am today. However, there is no time to celebrate or rest at this point. My dream is to win a World Cup and I will do everything in my power to bring that home to our country."
Ditto for another backup goalkeeper, Alyssa Naeher.
ďI am incredibly excited about being named to the roster and going to my first World Cup this summer," she said. "This is such an amazing opportunity and something I have been working toward for a long time. It is always an honor to represent the U.S., and to be able to do that with my teammates at a World Cup is a blessing and an experience I will never forget. It has been quite a journey already, and I am looking forward to the next chapter.Ē
Midfielder Morgan Brian, who at 22, is the youngest player on the team, admitted that she was still sky high upon learning of her earning a roster spot.
ďI donít think Iíve let it sink in, but at the same time Iíve dreamed about this since I was a little girl," she said. "For it to finally be official and for the dream to come true is surreal. For me itís just been a whirlwind. I donít think itís going to sink in because you just think to yourself ĎIím on the United States Womenís National Team playing in a World Cupí and thatís insane to me. Itís cool to finally have that dream come true.Ē
Two-time Olympic gold-medal match goal-scoring hero Carli Lloyd, who was named to her third WWC team, took nothing for granted.
ďItís definitely always an honor to make any roster," she said. "Nothing is a guarantee at this level. Iím thankful that I can be participating and we can be competing in my third World Cup. I think this World Cup is different than my previous two in the sense that obviously your first World Cup youíre getting your feet wet, second World Cup we fell short and there was some unfinished business. Now, I see myself as a role model, a leader and thereís a lot on the line. Thatís what I live for, those pressure situations. I thrive under those pressure situations. Iím just ready for it, Iím anxious. Iím thinking about it already at night, before I go to bed; Iím so anticipating that opening game.Ē
Midfielder-forward Heather O'Reilly of East Brunswick, N.J. will participate in her third World Cup.
ďThere are many talented players in our country and I am honored to represent the United States in our quest for the third star.Ē