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Lloyd, Morgan, Ertz headline USWNT World Cup roster

Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Julie Ertz, and Tobin Heath headline the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup squad, with Jill Ellis naming her 23-player squad on Thursday.

A total of 11 players made the team who will be part of their first World Cup team, joining a veteran nucleus led by Lloyd, who was named to her fourth World Cup squad.

The roster announcement was made three weeks before the final World Cup roster is formally due to FIFA, meaning Ellis could still make changes to the squad between now and the May 24 roster deadline.

The USWNT will open World Cup play in France against Thailand on June 11th in Reims. The Americans then face Chile on June 16 in Paris, followed by Sweden on June 20 in Le Havre.

Before the World Cup, the USWNT will take part in a send-off series, playing South Africa on May 12 in Santa Clara, California before facing New Zealand on May 16 in St. Louis, Missouri. After a break, the Americans will reconvene for a final tune-up match on May 26 against Mexico at Red Bull Arena.

Here’s the entire 23-player roster for the USWNT World Cup team:

GOALKEEPERS: Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS: Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS: Morgan Brian (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Allie Long (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage)

FORWARDS: Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC).


  1. Nice to see that every single player is NWSL. Although I’m guessing a few of the players accepted NWSL contracts this year to make it easier to be around for the ‘Nats. Guessing many of them will go back to more lucrative Asian and European clubs once this WWC is over.

  2. I casually follow the team so ignorance here.
    But Julie Ertz as a midfielder – wasnt she a CB?

    It is different going into this without a popular keeper.

    • They’ve been using her as a “destroyer” in front of the CBs for awhile now. Push comes to shove, I think she’s the most important player on this team…and with Brian and Long being chosen over Zerboni, there is no like-for-like sub should an injury or card accumulation take Ertz out…which is one of the main reasons I question their inclusion.

    • +1. I thank both athletes for their contributions to the WNT, but they didn’t earn these spots on the pitch. Really kinda shocking Casey Short got snubbed.

    • I think that top 23 players that have made themselves available are on the roster. The 2 you mentioned would probably be somewhere between 21-23. My only concern with the positioning of the various players is having Tierna Davidson on the back line. While well skilled in the sport, she gave away the ball 4 times in the Red Zone in the France and Belgium Matches. If that should happen in an elimination match in the W/C, it could deliver a blow the USWNT may not recover from. I would rather see Tierna at a mid-field position where she could use her skills more in an open field. The other 6 on the back line are top
      notch, so she is not likely to get much playing time back there in any match that counts for something.


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