Imagine you are the head coach of the United States Women's National Team. You have just won the 2015 Women's World Cup and just concluded a successful Victory Tour of the US. You were able to field a team of 23 players in Canada last summer and now you are faced with picking an Olympic Qualifying Roster that can have 20 players for qualifying (to eventually be cut to 18 for the actual Olympics).
That is just what head coach Jill Ellis is having to do. She announced the roster for Olympic Qualifying yesterday and while some of the familiar names were left off, there is a lot of quality on this squad.
Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
Jaelene Hinkle (Western New York Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Portland Thorns FC), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Western New York Flash)
Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Stephanie McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado)
Olympic Qualifying kicks off in Texas (Dallas and Houston) on February 10 and runs through the 21st.