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.
Mew scored and HAO was very excited about it
Amber Brooks playing with that huge cut on her face. Girl’s a champ.
Thank you, Pia, for all that you’ve done for this team!
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