Abby Wambach, Hope Solo lead U.S. roster for Women's World Cup

Written By Marc Lancaster
Abby Wambach, Hope Solo at 2011 World Cup
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The U.S. will have a new coach at the helm when it heads to the Women's World Cup in June, but the cast on the field features plenty of familiar faces from the last time around.

Veterans Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Christie Rampone lead the 23-player squad unveiled Tuesday by Jill Ellis, who took over last May as coach of the national team.

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Fifteen players named to the roster have previous World Cup experience. Rampone, the team's captain, will be playing in her fifth World Cup, tying the record for a U.S. player.

Other notable names include forward Alex Morgan and midfielders Megan Rapinoe, Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Heather O'Reilly.

“The players selected have the confidence, experience and desire to help us win a world championship,” Ellis said in a statement. “We had an excellent group to pick from and at the end of the last camp, I complimented all the players on how much they pushed each other and competed to make this selection challenging.”

The U.S. opens World Cup play June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg. Its other group games are against Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 in Vancouver. The World Cup final is set for July 5 in Vancouver.

Pia Sundhage's U.S. team fell to Japan in the 2011 final, extending the Americans' drought since their last World Cup title in 1999.

The full roster:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)

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