USWNT Coach Jill Ellis Releases Roster For Next Round of Friendlies

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By MC Bousquette
Staff Writer

US Women’s National Team Coach Jill Ellis has released her roster for the next series of matches in the lead-up to the World Cup.

The roster includes the same set of 25 women as the Algarve Cup roster. This suggests Ellis’ comfort with her options present during the Algarve Cup, which the United States won in a 2-0 victory over injury-laden France.

Although Ellis has selected the same players, the squad’s starting lineup is all but solidified; it has differed every match in 2015. In addition to the uncertain lineup, questions still remain regarding defender Christie Rampone’s health; she has yet to play a single match since returning to the roster from her back injury.

Time is running out for Ellis to sort out her starters, with just a few matches left before the US opens World Cup play on June 8th vs. Australia. Next in the road to the World Cup, the US will take on New Zealand on April 4th, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (330pm EST, Fox Sports 1).

Here is the full roster:

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

DEFENDERS (10): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 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), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)

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 (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Unattached)