U.S. announce experienced squad for Women's World Cup
By Simon Evans
(Reuters) - The United States head coach Jill Ellis announced her 23-woman squad for the Women's World Cup featuring 14 members of the 2012 Olympic gold medal winning team.
The U.S open their campaign in Winnipeg against Australia on June 8 and official final squad lists do not have to be provided to FIFA until May 25 but Ellis chose to make her selection public before a series of warm-up games.
"It has been a thorough process of evaluation and we had a lot of good opportunities to see players in highly competitive situations," said Ellis. "I feel this group of players can accomplish our goals.
"We have positional depth, versatility and players that will give us balance on every line," she added.
The squad is packed with experience , averaging 101 caps per player and a combined 122 Women's World Cup matches under their belt.
Defender Christie Rampone, who will turn 40 during the tournament, will feature in her fifth World Cup having been part of the last U.S. squad to win the World Cup back in 1999.
The Americans finished runners-up in Germany in 2011 after they were surprisingly beaten by Japan in the final.
"I think the pure talent on this team, we are very talented, very technical team with great athleticism," said Ellis. Continued...