U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Releases World Cup Roster

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U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Releases World Cup Roster

20 of the 23 players who were named to the 2019 USA World Cup Roster

20 of the 23 players who were named to the 2019 USA World Cup Roster

20 of the 23 players who were named to the 2019 USA World Cup Roster

20 of the 23 players who were named to the 2019 USA World Cup Roster

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There are three things in my life that I absolutely cannot live without: iced coffee, chop’t salads, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup. So you can probably imagine my excitement when the USWNT released the official roster for this summer’s event in France. In fact, the minute I read the news, my first thought was to write an article breaking down the team. So that is precisely what I am going to do.

However, before I delve into the 2019 U.S. World Cup team and unavoidably lose myself in one of my favorite topics of discussion, I shall first acknowledge the readers who are not “wear your favorite Alex Morgan jersey, and paint your face red, white, and blue” kinds of soccer fans. So, for those of you who do not watch a lot of soccer, the Women’s World Cup occurs once every 4 years, and is, arguably, the climax of women’s professional soccer. Because of the infrequency of the event, especially for a huge soccer fan like myself, the World Cup is to me as a blue moon is to an astronomy fanatic– out of this world.

The 2019 Women’s World Cup will be held in France

This year, 24 teams qualified for the tournament, including powerhouse soccer nations like England, France, and, obviously the USA (can’t say the same amount the men’s team, though…). It is hard to predict who will win the event; however, I have faith that the USA will add a fourth Coupe du Monde to it’s trophy case, especially considering this year’s roster. So, without further adieu, let’s get into it.

The USWNT named three extremely talented and capable goalkeepers to its squad this year, including Alyssa Naeher, Adrianna Franch, and Ashlyn Harris. Considering she has the most caps and tends to start in all of the USWNT’s important games, Naeher will most likely be the first- string goalkeeper this summer. As for the other two, Harris will likely sit the game as backup and Franch as third- string.

The one thing that all of these keepers can be grateful for is the fantastic backline that will be playing in front of them. Naming a total of 7 defenders to the squad, the US Women’s National Team will have no trouble fielding a brick wall defense this summer. It will likely take too long to go through every single player in this year’s defense, but I will briefly highlight the four players who I believe will start. It is most probable that we will see the following starting defense this summer: Abby Dahlkemper of NC Courage, Crystal Dunn of NC Courage, Kelley O’Hara of Utah Royals, and Becky Sauerbrunn of Utah Royals.

Next up is the midfield. Naming a total of 6 midfielders to this year’s squad, the USWNT will likely start Julie Ertz of Chicago Red Stars, Lindsey Horan of Portland Thorns, and Rose Lavelle of Washington Spirit. However, the team’s three potential subs are also very talented players, and are totally capable of stepping up if need be. That being said, one of these subs, Allie Long, is, in my opinion, an interesting addition to the roster, as many believe the 31 year old is running out of gas. However, she worked very hard to make this year’s roster, and I think head coach Jill Ellis recognized her hard work and intensity as a valuable component to this year’s squad.

(from left to right) Mallory Pugh, Crystal Dunn, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Megan Rapinoe in the USA’s 2019 World Cup jerseys

Finally, my favorite part of the roster. Naming a total of 7 strikers to the team, the USWNT’s group of forwards is probably the best part of the roster. Every single striker on this year’s squad is the definition of a gamechanger and impact player. The list is highlighted by national team veteran and standout Alex Morgan, who is known to be the figurehead of the USWNT. The other strikers are Tobin Heath, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, Mallory Pugh, and Jessica McDonald– all players that are capable of doing big things for the national team this summer. Given the array of talent among these players, it is quite difficult to predict who will start. However, I believe we will see Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, and Megan Rapinoe start for the USWNT this summer as they have proven to work very well together over the course of the last two years.

All in all, this year’s World Cup roster is stacked, and there is no doubt in my mind that the USA will be one of the best, if not the best, team’s in France this summer. I guess now its just a matter of whether or not they will be able to come together as a team, and get it done on the biggest stage of soccer.