U.S. women's national team coach Jill Ellis today announced her 23-player roster for this summer's Women's World Cup, set to kick off June 6 in Canada.
Ellis had to make two cuts to the group she most recently called up for a friendly against New Zealand, in which the USWNT cruised to a "that's the kind of scoreline we're used to seeing" 4-0 win. Defenders Crystal Dunn and Rachel Van Hollebecke didn't make it in to the final 23, with the exclusion of Dunn—or perhaps just the inclusion of midfielder Shannon Boxx—the biggest talking point. Boxx has fought injuries and hasn't played much recently, but the veteran will still be heading to her fourth World Cup.
Speaking of veterans, this will be captain Christie Rampone's fifth World Cup, during which the ageless defender will turn 40. Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Whitney Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Sydney Leroux, and Christen Press are all appearing on a World Cup roster for the first time.
Before heading to Winnipeg for their first World Cup match-up against Australia, the USWNT will play three games in a May send-off series. They'll take on the Republic of Ireland on May 10, Mexico on May 17, and finally the Korea Republic on May 30.
Here's your even-I-could-have-predicted-this full roster:
Defenders: 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: 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: Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Unattached)