The 2019 Women’s Planet Cup is set to commence in France on 7 June when the hosts take on South Korea at the Parc des Princes.
The United States are the existing defending Planet Champions soon after defeating Japan in the 2015 final five-two, courtesy of a Carli Lloyd hat-trick. As normally, the prior winners will have a target on their back heading into this year’s competitors and US manager Jill Ellis will have a challenging process ahead of the tournament deciding who will travel with the squad to France.
Right here are the possible goalkeepers and defenders Ellis may possibly opt for to bring with her to the Planet Cup and the females who are on the cusp of creating the squad.
Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) – The 30-year-old goalkeeper is figured to be the initial-option shot-stopper for Ellis in the Planet Cup. Naeher will be taking more than the spot from Hope Solo, who has been the starter in every single important competitors for the US due to the fact 2007.
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride) – The presumed backup to Naeher is Ashlyn Harris, a veteran of the USWNT who has had pretty tiny possibilities as a starter for the squad. Just after winning 3 National Championships with UNC among 2006-2009, Harris only has 21 appearances with the national group.
Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns) – The final goalkeeper spot for the squad will come down to Franch and Campbell. Franch has a great deal much more expert expertise and is the two-time defending NWSL goalkeeper of the year, placing her ahead of 24-year-old Campbell.
Jane Campbell (Houston Dash) – Campbell is at the moment on the outdoors hunting in, with her slim probabilities of creating the squad coming down to an injury or dramatic turn in type from the prior 3 keepers on the list.
Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals) – A captain on and off the pitch for the Lady Yanks, Sauerbrunn will be a single of the initial names on Ellis’ group-sheet. The 33-year-old defender is a single of the primary leaders for the squad and her on-field leadership and off-field wisdom will be invaluable for the group in France.
Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars) – Regardless of getting a rookie in the NSWL, Davidson has currently earned herself 19 caps for the national group. Davidson is a fantastic one-on-a single defender and will be fighting for the second beginning spot with Abby Dahlkemper.
Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage) – Dahlkemper is a former NWSL Defender of the Year and most supporters’ initial-option to play subsequent to Sauerbrunn in the centre of the defence. The 25-year-old is a far better passer of the ball than Davidson, but her defensive positioning can be suspect at instances.
Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns) – Sonnett is a versatile player that can be successful in the middle or on the outdoors of a back-4. The former initial general choose in 2016 will prove to be a strong backup to the 3 much more established defenders currently in the squad.
Crystal Dunn (NC Courage) – Dunn will be the beginning left-back for the USWNT in the Planet Cup, regardless of her organic function getting additional up the pitch. The 26-year-old from New Hyde Park, NY is a single of the most trusted players at Ellis’ disposal and will surely be on the plane to France.
Kelly O’Hara (Utah Royals) – The unquestioned beginning proper-back for the squad is Kelly O’Hara if she is, in truth, wholesome when the tournament comes about. O’Hara has been battling an ankle injury for a when now but is on track to be wholesome when the Planet Cup begins in June.
Casey Brief (Chicago Red Stars) – Brief is arguably the most organic left-back for the US heading into the globe championships. Regardless of her talent, Ellis has not played the 28-year-old due to the fact October and lots of persons are questioning the precise purpose for her absence. Brief is not a specific lock for the squad but she has proved to be a worthy player in the previous.
Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride) – Krieger was not too long ago brought back into the squad for the initial time due to the fact 2017 and till then was not anticipated to make the trip to France. With the US struggling to locate capable outdoors-defenders, Krieger may possibly just sneak her way into the squad at the final second.