U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 19 players for the meeting with Switzerland on Wednesday, August 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina. The match, which has been sold out since July 25, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.
The match will mark the first meeting between the sides at the women’s senior level, a rare occurrence for the U.S. team, which has been playing international soccer for 29 years.
Eighteen of the 19 players named to the roster played in the National Women’s Soccer League this season and at least 10 will be heading back to their clubs for semifinal playoff matches the following weekend. Midfielder Morgan Brian, a rising senior at the University of Virginia, is the only non-professional named to the roster.
The roster includes five players who will be returning to the area where they played their college soccer at the University of North Carolina in goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Crystal Dunn and midfielders Allie Long and Heather O’Reilly.
The match will likely mark the first attempt for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo to break the USA’s all-time shutout record. She is currently tied with former U.S. great Briana Scurry at 71 career shutouts.
Switzerland is one of six nations that have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where it will join host Canada. Switzerland has won European Group 3 with one match left to play in qualifying, taking 25 points from nine games with an 8-0-1 record ahead of Iceland and Denmark. The achievement marks the first time Switzerland has qualified for a Women’s World Cup at the senior level. Read more at US Soccer
On a related note, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) playoffs open Saturday with FC Kansas City, and Becky, hosting a team to be named. The game will be played at noon and shown on ESPN2. Seattle will host the other semifinal on Sunday evening.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC), Alyssa Naeher has replaced Ashlyn Harris
DEFENDERS (6): Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)