CHICAGO – The U.S. Women’s National Team enters the Women’s World Cup as the odds-on favorite at 7-4. Jill Ellis’ squad will look to earn the fourth World Cup title in U.S. history and become the second country to win the tournament in consecutive cycles.
Currently ranked first in the FIFA rankings heading into the World Cup, the U.S. WNT heads to France with a record of 7-1-2 in 2019. In order to earn their fourth star, here is everything you need to know:
Jill Ellis named a 23-player roster for the World Cup at the beginning of May, which includes 12 players from the 2015 squad. Included on the roster were four Red Stars players: Morgan Brian, Tierna Davidson, Julie Ertz, and Alyssa Naeher. Brian, Ertz, and Naeher were part of the 2015 roster, while Davidson, at just 20 years of age, will head to her first World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher
Defenders: Tierna Davidson, Abby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Emily Sonnett
Midfielders: Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz, Lindsay Horan, Rose Lavelle, Allie Long, Sam Mewis
Forwards: Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Jessica McDonald, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Mallory Pugh, Megan Rapinoe
The United States is paired with Thailand, Chile, and Sweden in Group F for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ranked as the #9 team in the world, Sweden will look to haunt the U.S. Women’s National Team again after knocking them out of the previous Olympics in the quarterfinals. Thailand is ranked 34th in the world, while Chile is 39th.
Tuesday, June 11 – U.S. WNT vs. Thailand, 2 p.m. CT (FOX)
Sunday, June 16 – U.S. WNT vs. Chile, 11 p.m. CT (FOX)
Thursday, June 20 – U.S. WNT vs. Sweden, 2. P.m. CT (FOX)