BOYDS, Md. (April 14, 2015) – Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger have both been named by Jill Ellis to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the 2015 World Cup.
“Firstly, I’m very honored and privileged to represent my country as a member of this incredible group of footballers,” said defender Ali Krieger. “Second, I am extremely excited for another opportunity to win the World Cup! Having thought about our 2011 World Cup Final versus Japan for the past four years, it has driven me to continue to get better everyday to make sure we get back to the finals again this summer. This is something we have been working our entire lives for and therefore I feel very fortunate to be able to play on one of football’s biggest stages! We are well-prepared, motivated, determined and ready to succeed and I can’t wait!”
Ashlyn Harris shared similar sentiments on her inclusion in the World Cup roster explaining, “I’m overwhelmed with emotion at this point.” “Words can’t explain how honored I am to represent my country on the highest stage,” said Harris. “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. There is no time to celebrate or rest at this point. My dream is to win a gold medal and I will do everything in my power to bring that home to our country.”
With 55 days until the USA’s opening match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the United States on women’s soccer’s grandest stage. The roster will not become official until it is submitted to FIFA on May 25, which is the deadline for all teams to submit their final squads.
The roster, which features three goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and five forwards, is the product of nearly 11 months of player evaluation since Ellis was named head coach in May of 2014. During that time, she has been on the bench for 23 international matches (including two as interim coach before being officially named head coach) and has seen 34 players in training camps, 29 in international matches and many more in NWSL matches. Ellis selected 14 players who were part of the 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning team in London.
“The players selected have the confidence, experience and desire to help us win a world championship,” said Ellis. “We had an excellent group to pick from and at the end of the last camp, I complemented all the players on how much they pushed each other and competed to make this selection challenging.”
2015 United States FIFA Women’s World Cup Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris* (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher* (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo*** (Seattle Reign 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*** (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe** (Seattle Reign 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**** (unattached)
* 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