By CAITLIN MURRAY
Intentional or not, the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers is out.
In what appears to be an accident, the USWNT roster was posted briefly on U.S. Soccer’s website Thursday before being removed. U.S. Soccer is hosting a conference call with coach Jill Ellis on Monday, when the official roster will be announced.
The leaked roster matches the one that SBI predicted earlier this week, with one exception — Morgan Brian will be pulled away from her senior season with the University of Virginia to participate in qualifiers while Portland Thorns midfielder Allie Long did not make the cut.
Ellis opted to call in all five of the forwards at her disposal, instead cutting elsewhere, including veteran defenders Stephanie Cox and Rachel Van Hollebeke, who have more than 200 caps between them.
Superstar names like Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach headline the players that made the cut.
Rosters for World Cup qualifiers were due to CONCACAF due on Oct. 1 and changes can only be made for injury or illness before the USWNT’s opener against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15.
Here is the full leaked 20-player roster below:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hope Solo, Ashlyn Harris
DEFENDERS (7): Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn, Whitney Engen, Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Kelley O’Hara, Crystal Dunn
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly, Morgan Brian
FORWARDS (5): Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Sydney Leroux, Amy Rodriguez
What do you think of this roster? Surprised by Ellis’ choices? Would you have named a different roster? Is this the best 20 players on the USWNT?
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