Jill Ellis announced Tuesday the 23-woman roster for this summer’s World Cup. The roster features eight players making their first World Cup roster: goalkeepers Ashlyn Harris and Alyssa Naeher; defenders Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg; midfielder and NWSL first overall pick Morgan Brian; and forwards Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.
Ellis has had 25 players in camp with the U.S. team for much of the spring with the same group traveling to the Algarve Cup in Portugal and to St. Louis on April 4. Of those 25, Crystal Dunn and Rachel Van Hollebeke did not make the final 23 that will travel to Canada.
The United States kicks off the World Cup in Winnipeg on June 8 against Australia. The U.S. team will take on Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg before heading to Vancouver to take on Nigeria in its final Group D match.
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)