The 2019 Women’s World Cup roster is probably 90% known at this point. Jill Ellis has made it very clear she has preferences for certain players in her current system, namely: Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Julie Ertz, Crystal Dunn, Becky Saeurbrunn, and Alyssa Naeher. Players like Carli Lloyd, Abby Dahlkemper, Christen Press, Sam Mewis, Rose Lavelle, Mal Pugh, and Ashlyn Harris are all highly likely to round out squad depth.
Questionable-but-likely players are Tierna Davidson, Emily Sonnett, and Adrianna Franch, while Casey Short, Allie Long, McCall Zerboni, and Jess McDonald are more on the fringes but could have made a late impression on Ellis.
Now, with reports coming out from Yahoo Sports and the Washington Post that both Ali Krieger and Morgan Brian will be named to the squad after both their status had weeble-wobbled towards uncertainty, things seem less certain for the likes of Short and Zerboni, who might find themselves #24 and #25 on the depth chart.
The official roster is set to be announced on Thursday, May 2 at 1 PM ET on Twitter, followed by a press conference with Ellis, in which she is sure to satisfactorily explain all of her roster decisions and give fans no reason to complain. Until then, let’s speculate wildly over some of those more uncertain players. Hell, let’s speculate wildly over the certain ones. Can you imagine the bedlam if Carli Lloyd isn’t named to this roster? Go to town in the comments. Who do you think is in and out for this 23-player roster?