The United States has their roster for the CONCACAF Women's Championship, which will also serve as 2015 Women's World Cup qualifying. Jill Ellis named a 20-player squad for the tournament, which will be her first competitive tournament as U.S. manager.
Hope Solo is in the team despite her ongoing domestic violence case. There has been calls to keep her off of the team until the legal process played out, but U.S. Soccer said initially that she would play util the legal process was over and publicly stood by that stance so her inclusion on this team is not a surprise.
Shannon Boxx, Stephanie Cox and Rachael Van Hollebeke are three notable omissions as they all had spent considering time on the squad before and featured on Olympic gold medal winning teams before, but they will not be a part of this team. All three were also part of the Americans' training camp last month, but that was a 28-player squad that had to be cut down and they join Allie Long, Kristie Mewis, Julie Johnston, Nicole Barnhart and Alyssa Naeher as being cut from the camp roster.
The U.S. have been grouped with Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti. They will play their first match of the tournament on October 15 in Kansas City, then follow it up on October 17 in Chicago and cap off group play on October 20 in Washington, D.C. The top two teams from the group will advance to the semifinals in Philadelphia and the semifinal winners will qualify for next summer's World Cup. The losers will play a third place match, where the winner will also qualify and the loser will go to a play-off against Ecuador for the final World Cup place.
The roster is identical to the one that was posted on USSoccer.com Thursday, only to be quickly taken down.
Goalkeepers: Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Defenders: Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Houston Dash), 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: Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)