The U.S. is bringing a veteran side to the Women’s World Cup. (USA Today Photo)
Of the 23 players named to the U.S. 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 Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, while Alyssa Naeher and Morgan were part of the U.S. team that won the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Harris was part of the team that won the 2002 U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Sixteen players on the roster have represented the USA in a 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 April 29. Brian was the youngest player on the 2015 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 scored in a Women’s World Cup tournament, totaling 16 goals.
The roster featured players from 13 states. Five players on the roster are from California, three are from Georgia, while two each are from New York, New Jersey, Arizona and Colorado.
Franch became the first player from the state of Kansas to make a U.S. Women’s World Cup roster.
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.