She’s now an assistant coach for the women’s soccer team at Washington University in St.Louis, where she says she still has to get “pumped up to coach” and has shed her shyness to teach the game she knows so well. Experience: Engen is known for her commanding presence in the middle of the field and as a fine aerial threat for headers on set pieces. She’s been quoted as saying that her first love was gymnastics but as a 5-foot-7 third grader, she was too big — she currently is 5-8.She’s logged a lot of minutes playing internationally for the WNT’s youth programs. Harris was the youngest player on the 2002 U-19 World Cup squad. She won three national championships with the University of North Carolina Tar heels, playing alongside fellow WNT teammates Tobin Heath, Meghan Klingenberg and Whitney Engen, and was the first member of her family to graduate from college. The 2015 World Cup will be her second with the WNT senior squad. games in the 2012 Olympics, starting in four and collecting three assists.
She is motivated by the fitness commitments made by athletes such as Mohammad Ali and Bruce Lee-Ali, who would train on Christmas morning because no one else was training, and Lee, who Lloyd has said was known to do 10,000 sit ups a day. Experience: Morgan’s clutch play and amazing attacking ability make her one of the most dangerous offensive players on the WNT roster. player to score in the semifinal and the championship game; she tallied three total goals in the tournament. Aside from playing a significant role with the WNT, Morgan is also a best-selling author. She has a twin sister named Amanda, who was a forward in soccer.
The 2015 Women’s World Cup marks Morgan’s second World Cup selection. In 2013, she published the first book of series called “The Kicks.” The first book is titled “Saving the Team,” and it debuted at number seven on The New York Times Best-Seller list. Experience: This year’s World cup will be her first with the WNT senior-level squad. Alyssa has said that she and her sister used to stay outside for hours and Amanda would take shots at her, trying to score in whatever makeshift goal the two could put together.
In 2012, she set a WNT record for the most goals as a substitute (14) — the first 14 goals of her career with the senior-level team — and she appeared in four games in the 2012 Olympics, scoring one goal. Leroux also said school officials would call and leave messages about her getting into trouble; she said she would beat her mom home and delete the messages before she could hear them. She was the hero for the WNT in the 2012 Olympic gold medal game against Japan, scoring both goals in the 2-1 victory.
In the 2008 Olympics, she scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime to propel the WNT to a 1-0 win over Brazil. She has an intense commitment to fitness and conditioning. player to collect both a goal and an assist in a Women’s World cup final. Morgan has been limited in practice and hasn’t played in last three matches as a precaution because of a bone bruise in her left knee.
Last week, the final roster was announced for the 2015 U. In just a little over one month, they will be sporting their new jerseys on the Canadian fields representing Team USA!
These 23 women have worked their a**es off (literally) for the last four years vying for a spot on a team that’s currently ranked number two in the world behind Germany.She helped the WNT gain its 2015 World Cup berth, playing in all five games at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and collecting two goals and an assist.She was named an alternate on the 2012 Olympic team without ever previously earning a cap with the senior squad. Press is the all-time leading scorer for Stanford University (71 goals), and she received the Hermann Trophy in 2010 as the top female collegiate soccer player in the U.When she was playing soccer at the University of North Carolina, the team dorm was right next to the soccer field, so she and her teammates would always go out and play, disregarding the “closed” signs all over the gates. Experience: Holiday is a key player for the WNT’s offensive attack. She played in the final three games of the 2008 Olympics after being named to the roster following an injury to Abby Wambach. She had open heart surgery when she was 3 years old and, her energetic personality as a kid worried doctors after the operation because everyone had trouble keeping her calm and keeping her heart rate down. In her senior year playing soccer at Penn State, she broke her leg but continued to travel with the team on flights during the College Cup.She’s a strong, versatile player with tremendous field vision and instincts who has shown her ability to both pass and score. Formerly Lauren Cheney, she is married to New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday, with whom she had an intense pickup game of basketball after their weekend wedding dress rehearsal. Experience: She is a talented defender who made a name for herself in the WNT’s youth programs. So far in 2015, she’s shown her ability as an attacking defender; she’s played in all 10 games, starting nine and netting one goal. Known as “Kling” by teammates and close family members and friends, she said her father signed her up for taekwondo when she was a kid to try to make her less shy, and now she is a third-degree black belt. Experience: She is one of the best attacking defenders on the WNT and is a hard-nosed, aggressive player. In her first World Cup in 2011, she started all six U. games and was one of four Americans to play every minute of the tournament —she netted the fifth and final penalty kick in the shootout win over Brazil in the quarterfinals. But the flights led to blood clots in her leg, which led to a pulmonary embolism and a series of mini-heart attacks that she has said made her fear for her life.She was one of three players to play every minute of all six matches in the 2012 Olympics. O’Hara and fellow WNT teammate Christen Press played together at Stanford University. She’s competed in the last three Olympics for the WNT, helping the team to three straight gold medals.