Four of the world’s top five women’s national teams will take part in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, and the U.S. Women’s National Team has named a talented roster to compete.
FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd, star striker Alex Morgan and 17-year-old sensation Mallory Pugh are among those head coach Jill Ellis has named to her roster to do battle with some of the world’s best teams.
The competition, which begins on March 3 and ends on March 9, features England, Germany, France and the U.S. The Americans will first play England at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (7:30, Fox Sports 1), then play France in Nashville, Tenn. (3 p.m., ESPN3) on March 6. They will end the competition with a match against Germany at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. (7:30 p.m., ESPN3).
Total points (three for a win, one for a tie) will be used to determine the winner of the SheBelieves Cup, while goal differential will serve as the first tie-breaker.
The USWNT just completed the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, where the team earned one of two qualifying spots for this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
Here is closer look at the USWNT’s roster:
Goalkeepers (3): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Defenders (9): Lauren Barnes (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders (6): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)
Forwards (4): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
What do you think of the USWNT’s roster? How do you think the Americans will do in the SheBelieves Cup?
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