The United States women’s national team marched to an unprecedented 3rd FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer and 5 of the Stars and Stripes players were included on the tournament’s All-Star squad. Goalkeeper Hope Solo, defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Julie Johnston, and midfielder Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd were selected to the 23-player team on Monday.
The USWNT had more players on the team than any other national team. Japan and France each had 4 selections, Germany and England with 3 selections, Australia with 2 selections, and Canada and Switzerland with 1 each.
But it is hard to argue with the US women selected. Lloyd knocked in a hat-trick in the final and won the Golden Ball and Silver Boot and Rapinoe was another creative key to unlocking defenses in the midfield. The Red, White, and Blue featured the best defense of the tournament allowing only 3 goals and backed by Solo in goal and Johnston and Klingenberg playing every minute.
The team was selected by FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG)
2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup All-Star Squad:
Goalkeepers: Nadine Angerer (GER), Karen Bardsley (ENG), Hope Solo (USA)
Defenders: Saori Ariyoshi (JPN), Lucy Bronze (ENG), Kadeisha Buchanan (CAN), Steph Houghton (ENG), Julie Johnston (USA), Meghan Klingenberg (USA), Wendie Renard (FRA)
Midfielders and forwards: Ramona Bachmann (SUI), Lisa De Vanna (AUS), Amandine Henry (FRA), Elise Kellond-Knight (AUS), Eugénie Le Sommer (FRA), Carli Lloyd (USA), Anja Mittag (GER), Aya Miyama (JPN), Megan Rapinoe (USA), Mizuho Sakaguchi (JPN), Celia Sasic (GER), Elodie Thomis (FRA), Rumi Utsugi (JPN).