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Naeher Earns World Cup Roster Spot

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Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who won 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year, will be representing the U.S. Women’s National Team at this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The 26-year-old keeper received her first cap in December, and was recently called up for the Algarve Cup tournament, was named to the 23-player World Cup roster on Tuesday.

“I am incredibly excited about being named to the roster and going to my first World Cup this summer,” Naeher said in a club release. “This is such an amazing opportunity and something I have been working toward for a long time. It is always an honor to represent the U.S., and to be able to do that with my teammates at a World Cup is a blessing and an experience I will never forget. It has been quite a journey already, and I am looking forward to the next chapter.”

Naeher will join a number of former Breakers for the tournament, including Heather O’Reilly, Meghan Klingenberg, Kelley O’Hara, Sydney Leroux, Lauren Holiday and Amy Rodriguez.

The U.S. will face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. opens against Australia on Jun. 8 in Winnipeg, then Sweden on Jun. 12 in Winnipeg and will wrap up group stage play against Nigeria on Jun. 16 in Vancouver.

“The players selected have the confidence, experience and desire to help us win a world championship,” said U.S. Women’s National Team coach Jill Ellis in a statement. “We had an excellent group to pick from and at the end of the last camp, I complemented all the players on how much they pushed each other and competed to make this selection challenging.”

2015 United States FIFA Women’s World Cup Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris* (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher* (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo*** (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (8): 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 (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* (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan** (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press* (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez** (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach**** (unattached)

* First Women’s World Cup

** Second Women’s World Cup

*** Third Women’s World Cup

**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

***** Fifth Women’s World Cup

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