Soccer is a passion for female player across the United States and the goal of every one of them is to one day represent their country at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. U.S. WNT head coach named her final 23 player roster earlier this week with 5 adidas sponsored players getting the call.
Christie Rampone, Heather O’Reilly, Lori Chalupny, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Morgan Brian will all pull on adidas cleats when they take the field in Canada and they represent the best of U.S. women’s soccer over the past 2 decades.
Proud to represent my country this summer! pic.twitter.com/vsbCMGQNyl
— Christie Rampone (@christierampone) April 15, 2015
Rampone is the final link on the team to the Stars and Stripes 1999 Women’s World Cup winning side. The 39-year-old knows firsthand what it takes to win and as the long time captain of the WNT has been a huge factor in passing that experience on to the younger players with aspirations of following in her footsteps as WWC winner. They are big shoes to fill. Rampone will be playing in her 5th Women’s World Cup this summer having also represented the U.S. in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011 as well as winning Olympic Gold in 2004, 2008, and 2012. The defender plays with Sky Blue FC of the NWSL and previously of the WPS. She is the ideal on-field manager and has some experience in that role having been the Player/Manager for Sky Blue in 2009 when the side won the inaugural WPS title. Heather O’Reilly currently plays for FC Kansas City in the NWSL but she was on the 2009 Sky Blue side that won the WPS title. The midfielder scored the lone goal in that championship game and with 41 goals from her 217 caps with the WNT will be looked to for firepower in Canada. The 30-year-old will be playing in her 3rd Women’s World Cup (2007, 2011) and has won 3 Olympic Gold medals (2004, 2008, and 2012). Lori Chalupny will earn her 100th cap when she takes the field next for the WNT. The 31-year-old was the national team co-captain along with Rampone in 2009 and served as captain when Rampone was out of the line-up while she was pregnant. She played at the 2007 Women’s World Cup and won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. After not being included on the roster between 2009 and 2014 due to her history with concussions, Chulpny has returned for 2015. She is the 2nd player in WNT history to play in non-consecutive Women’s World Cup. She is the captain for Chicago Red Stars in the WPSL.
FC Kansas City’s Becky Sauerbrunn has proven to be a reliable defender in any situation. In her first Women’s World Cup in 2011, Sauerbrunn’s #4 number was called to fill-in for the red carded Rachel Buehler and helped the U.S. to an impressive 3-1 win over France in the semifinal. She has since become a regular in the defense core collecting 78 caps.
— Morgan Brian (@moeebrian) April 15, 2015
The young gun on the team is Women’s World Cup debutante Morgan Brian. At 22-year-old she is the youngest player on the roster but has proven to be a lethal threat in the attack scoring 4 goals in limited minutes over her first 26 caps, including the final goal in the U.S.’s 4-0 win over New Zealand in early April.
The U.S. is in Group D along with Australia, Sweden and Nigeria at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The USA opens against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.
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