Rapinoe and Solo named to USWNT roster for upcoming Victory Tour matches
No surprises here but we thought we’d let you all know anyhow that Reign FC’s USWNT duo, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo, have been named to the squad for the upcoming Victory Tour matches in Seattle and Orlando.
Rapinoe and Solo join 29 other players who have been named. That list includes all 23 players from the Women’s World Cup winners in addition to NWSL MVP and leading scorer Crystal Dunn, who was added to the roster for the USA’s two September matches against Haiti and scored two goals with three assists over the two games.
“We are looking forward to two competitive games against Brazil,” said U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis in U.S. Soccer’s relese. “They are a highly motivated team and certainly they have some exciting and dangerous attacking players. These are the kinds of games where we get tested and it provides a chance to evaluate our player pool. The more matches we can play like this, the better.”
Ellis has called in seven additional players who will train with the U.S. team during the trip and are available to play in the matches.
Rapinoe and Solo were both instrumental members of the USWNT World Cup winning squad. Rapinoe played 462 minutes and started a total of six matches. Her two goals lifted the USA over Australia in their 3–1 opening group stage win of the tournament on June 8. The midfielder also had two assists in the tournament, including the corner kick that led to Carli Lloyd’s opening goal in the USWNT’s 5–2 win over Japan in the final. Rapinoe currently has 111 caps and 31 goals.
Solo had a standout tournament as well, capturing the Golden Glove award for best goalkeeper in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She played all 630 minutes of the tournament in goal for the USWNT, recorded five clean sheets, and allowed just three goals in seven matches. Solo has 181 caps, 170 starts and 89 shoutouts, with the latter two both leading marks for goalkeepers.
Additionally, Solo, a University of Washington alumna and Richland, Wash. native, will get to celebrate the World Cup win in her home state which makes this match extra special. The last time the USWNT played a match in Seattle was all the way back in 2002. So this is a pretty big deal.
Fans can purchase tickets to both matches here. In the Seattle area, tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster ticket centers (including most Fred Meyer and Walmart locations) and the CenturyLink Field ticket office (open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
The match in Seattle against Brazil on Oct. 21 in Seattle is at 7 p.m. PT and fans can watchlife on ESPN2, WatchESPN.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (12): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Gina Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Shannon Boxx (unattached), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), Christine Nairn (Washington Freedom), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (7): Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (unattached)