US announce roster for 2015 Women's World Cup
US Soccer coach Jillian Ellis included goalkeeper Hope Solo and veteran Christie Rampone in its 23-player roster on Tuesday.
US Soccer coach Jillian Ellis announced its 23-player roster for the Women's World Cup in Canada on Tuesday. Hope Solo was the most notable player on Ellis's list after her recent off-field issues. The heavily-scrutinized star had domestic violence charges against her dismissed back in January and was suspended 30 days a week later due to her involvement in her husband's recent DUI arrest. Solo was a regular fixture in the starting lineup after she served her 30 days, leading her squad to an Algarve Cup title in March.
Another notable name in the roster is Christie Rampone. The 39-year-old will be making her fifth World Cup appearance, and is the only player on the roster to have been part of the 1999 World Cup-winning team that defeated China in the Rose Bowl.
USA's 2015 Women's World Cup Roster:
Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers) and Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC).
Defender: 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) and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City).
Midfielders: 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) and Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC).
Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City) and Abby Wambach (unattached).
The US took second place in the 2011 edition of the tournament after losing to Japan in penalty shootouts in the championship match. Ellis' squad will be in Group D, matched up with Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. The tournament begins June 6.
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