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WNT Behind the Lens: 2018 in Photos

Photos are one of the most powerful mediums to tell a story. In order to highlight our incredible photos from 2018, we asked U.S. Women’s National Team photographer Brad Smith to compile his 15 favorite photos of this year.


In 2018, the U.S. WNT played 20 matches, held over 60 training sessions and participated in a slew of photo opportunities. I was fortunate to be on board for the entire journey and captured over 250,000 images. I’m pleased to share with you my favorite 15 from a year in which the team went unbeaten and won three tournaments. These images are a selection of moments - some action, some celebrations, some artistic, some historic - that span the year, and carry us forward into 2019. As always, see you on the sidelines!

- Brad Smith, U.S. WNT Photographer


January 2018
"Why I love January training camp in California. Sunsets and wide angles abound."

January 21, 2018
"Celebration pictures are always great, but even better when you’ve just won a game and then found out your husband will be playing in the Super Bowl."


February 28, 2018
"U.S. MNT legend Frankie Hejduk cracks up his daughter while she’s trying to interview Andi Sullivan on the field in Columbus, Ohio."

  
April 8, 2018
"There’s goal celebrations, and then there’s your 100th goal celebration."


June 11, 2018
"Matchday-1 training means shooting drills."

One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 
One of my favorite action photos of the year because it’s such a story-telling image. 
Not only does it have fantastic action, but as you look over Allie Long to the right you realize the ball is going in for a goal over the keeper. 

June 12, 2018
"The game is for everyone."


June 12, 2018
"Yea, that was a foul. And yes, it hurt."

 
June 12, 2018
"Tierna rose to the challenge in 2018. Figuratively and literally."


July 26, 2018
"If only the light would be this cooperative at every match."


July 26, 2018
"This just in: Tobin Heath is popular with the fans. Now just turn the volume to 11 and you can imagine the rest."


July 29, 2018
"Players might float in my images, but they’re never standing still."


July 29, 2018
"McCall hangs on for the ride after Lindsey scored the goal that tied the game against Australia at the Tournament of Nations."


August 31, 2018
"The somewhat rare, but always fun nutmeg cross."


October 4, 2018
"Yes!"


October 14, 2018
"Just playin’ in the rain."


US Soccer

Meet the USA's 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23 players who will represent the United States in France this summer.

“Selecting a World Cup team is a long process, and I want to thank the players – the ones that made the final team and the ones that didn’t – for all of their hard work over the past two and a half years,” said Ellis. “They all pushed each other in every training session and every game and challenged the coaches to make some tough decisions. These 23 players have been through adversity and success, and it’s a group that has the talent, confidence, experience and desire to help us win the World Cup.”

2019 USA FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITION (Club)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)

FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)

* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

2019 USWNT Women's World Cup roster

The roster will not become official until it is submitted to FIFA on May 24, which is the deadline for all teams to submit their final squads. Ellis selected 12 players who were part of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team. The roster averages 80 international caps per player and has a combined total of 94 Women’s World Cup appearances.

THREE MORE HOME GAMES BEFORE FRANCE

The Women’s World Cup roster will make up the squad for the USA’s final three matches before departing for Europe. The Send-Off Series, Presented by Volpi Foods, takes place in May and will start when the USA faces South Africa on Sunday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. PT at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. From there, the USA will travel to St. Louis, Missouri for its second match, facing New Zealand on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. CT at Busch Stadium.

The U.S. players will then have their final break before the World Cup and regroup in New Jersey to conclude the Send-Off Series vs. Mexico on Sunday, May 26, at Red Bull Arena in Harrison. The match will kick off at 12 p.m. ET.

Fans can follow all the upcoming WNT matches on @uswnt (Twitter, Instagram) and U.S. Soccer on Facebook.

USA KICKS OFF GROUP F ON JUNE 11

This summer, the USA will face Thailand, Chile and Sweden in Group F at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The U.S. will open Group F play against Thailand on June 11 (3 p.m. ET) at Auguste Delaune Stadium in Reims. The USA then faces Chile on June 16 (12 p.m. ET) at Parc des Princes in Paris, followed by Sweden on June 20 (3 p.m. ET) at Stade Océane in Le Havre.

The format calls for seven matches to win the tournament, including four in the knockout rounds, up from six matches it took to win the Women’s World Cups for all the tournaments from 1991-2011.

ROSTER FACTS

  • Of the 23 players named to the roster, Carli Lloyd has the most experience in the Women’s World Cup, having played 18 matches while scoring seven goals, six at the 2015 tournament. Lloyd is the oldest player on the roster at 36. Five players own double-figure World Cup cap numbers in Ali Krieger (13 World Cup caps), Alex Morgan (12), Megan Rapinoe (12) and Tobin Heath (10).
  • Crystal Dunn, Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz and Samantha Mewis were part of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, while Alyssa Naeher and Morgan were part of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Harris was part of the team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
  • Sixteen players on the roster have represented the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 level, U-20 level or both.
  • Davidson is the youngest player on the roster at age 20. Pugh turned 21 on April 29. Brian was the youngest player on the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team at age 22. Just under half the roster (11 players) are in their 30s and 12 are in their 20s.
  • Two players make their first World Cup roster at age 31 in Long, who was a member of the 2016 Olympic Team, and McDonald, who is the top American scorer in the history of the NWSL. McDonald is also the only mother on the World Cup Team. She has a seven-year-old son. The average age of the U.S. roster is 28 years old, the same as the USA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup Team.
  • Six players have previously scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament, totaling 16 goals.
  • All 23 players on the roster play domestically in the National Women’s Soccer League. Eight of the nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster with the Portland Thorns FC, reigning champion North Carolina Courage and the Chicago Red Stars having four players each. The Utah Royals and Orlando Pride have three players each while Reign FC and the Washington Spirit have two each. Sky Blue FC has one.
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