Possibly my favorite set of photos for the NT.
ps. So glad KO got another chance to make the roster. so weird without her there.
@AlexBKrieger: “We are magic. We are moments. We are dreams and we are memories. We are everything…” -r.m.… http://t.co/8QF7YHyPj4
@ussoccer_wnt: Welcome to camp! The eight players who played in the NWSL Final arrived today…and got right to work. #USAvMEX http://t.co/vYZtD9iBWQ
Anonymous asked: What exactly do you mean by "huge presence on the field?"
Abby is a motivator to her fellow players. Have you ever seen her when games get pushed into overtime screaming and getting everyone pumped? Every team needs that person who’s going to push them when things look impossible, and that’s Abby. She’s just in general a dominating presence on the field.
USWNT Encamps in Utah in Preparation for Key Stretch |x|
Just did this for fun since I was bored. Let me know your own preferences/reasoning for certain players!
Goalkeepers (2): Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart
Defenders (6): Stephanie Cox (We need someone to play LW and she’s pretty dominantly left-footed and had an awesome season with the Reign), Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn, Rachel Van Hollebeke, Kelley O’Hara (Again, a strong possible LW), Ali Krieger. My very close 7th was Whitney Engen.
Midfield (6): Lauren Holiday, Megan Rapinoe, Heather O’Reilly, Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath, Morgan Brian. My close 7th here was Kristie Mewis. I would love to see Boxxy back out there, but I don’t think she’s quite at her top fitness level yet. And I’m really not a huge fan of Allie Long.
Forwards (4): Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez (FCKC’s Holiday/A-Rod combo was lethal this season, think this would be awesome to bring to the national team), Abby Wambach (She hasn’t been playing terribly well lately, but she’s also a HUGE presence on the field, so I think leaving her off would be a mistake), and I’m completely torn between Press and Leroux. I like Leroux better as a striker, but Press has more of a creative midfield presence.
Thoughts?*EDIT: I based these choices on the current USWNT camp roster. Those tend to be the players that Ellis favors and the most likely group of players that will be in camp leading up to and after qualifying.