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Meet The USWNT - Players Allie Long to Hope Solo

by Erin Sullivan | Jul 26, 2016
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USWNT Roster (alphabetical listing, Players Long to Solo)

Allie Long: is a 28-year-old midfielder from Northport, N.Y. She began her collegiate career at Penn State before transferring to UNC her junior year. While attending UNC, Long studied Exercise and Sports Science. She is a big family person, and credits her parents and younger brother Patrick as the most influential people in her athletic career. She loves Italian food, the beach and playing basketball in her spare time.
Club Team: Portland Thorns FC

Alex Morgan: is a 27-year-old forward from Diamond Bar, Calif. She has two older sisters, Jenny and Jeri, and describes her parents as the most influential people in her life. Morgan was the captain of her youth club team, Cal South ’89, and helped lead them to the U-17 National Title in 2006. She attended college at Cal where she graduated a full semester early with a degree in Political Economy. Morgan made her presence on the pitch known internationally during the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; she lead the team to the championship game where she scored the winning goal against Korea DPR. She made her debut with the USWNT on March 31, 2010 and since then has scored over 50 international goals. In her free time, Morgan co-authors the best-selling young adult series The Kicks, works with UNICEF as a Global Athlete Ambassador and walks in runway shows during New York Fashion Week. She is married to professional soccer player Servando Carrasco, who plays for Orlando City SC.
Club Team: Orlando Pride

Alyssa Naeher: is a 28-year-old goalkeeper from Bridgeport, Conn. She has a twin sister Amanda who played forward growing up. The sisters would spend hours in their backyard playing soccer using the garage door as a make-shift goal. Naeher says that she originally wanted to play goalkeeper because of the cool uniforms, but also liked the fact that ‘keepers could use their hands. In high school, she was also an all-star basketball player, breaking school records and scoring more than 2,000 points. Naeher attended Penn State where she majored in Kinesiology. She starts every morning off with a cup of coffee and a crossword puzzle, loves mint chocolate chip ice cream and going to the movies.
Club Team: Chicago Red Stars

Kelley O’Hara: is a 27-year-old defender from Fayetteville, Ga. She describes herself as a “home body” who hated going to sleepovers as a young girl. Ironically, O’Hara decided to go to college thousands of miles from home at Stanford. In her time at Stanford O’Hara studied Environmental Engineering and was a member of the school’s Kappa Kappa Gamma chapter; she also scored 57 goals, had 23 assists and was awarded the 2009 Hermann Trophy, which is given to the best collegiate soccer player in the country. O’Hara made the switch from forward to defender right before the 2012 Olympics following Ali Krieger’s ACL injury. In her free time, O’Hara enjoys surfing – a skill she picked up in her time at Stanford, baking chocolate chip cookies and hanging out with her older sister Erin and younger brother Jerry. 
Club Team: Sky Blue FC

Christen Press: is a 27-year-old forward from Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. who is no stranger to success on the soccer field. Press helped lead her youth club team to national championship victories, and continued to shine at Stanford where she became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 71 goals and was the recipient of the 2010 Hermann Trophy. Press ended up playing overseas in Sweden following the collapse of the WPSL in 2012. During her time in Sweden, Press became the league’s second leading scorer, and caught the eye of former USWNT coach Pia Sundhage. Press loves reading and writing, and was an academic All American at Stanford during her sophomore, junior and senior years. She double-majored in Communication and Psychology, and in her free time blogs for SoccerAmerica.com, does freelance writing for various magazines and volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club in Los Angeles. Press has two sisters and can be found hiking with her two dogs when she isn’t playing soccer.
Club Team: Chicago Red Stars

Mallory Pugh: is an 18-year-old forward from Highlands Ranch, Colo., and is the youngest member of the USWNT. Pugh made her National Team debut on January 23 (at age 17) during the match vs. Ireland; she came on in the second half for Alex Morgan and scored on a header, making her 19th U.S. female player to score on their debut and the sixth youngest goal scorer in U.S. history. Pugh is the captain of the U.S. U-20 WNT, and was the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot winner at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras. Pugh plans on attending UCLA in the fall following the Olympics.
Club Team: Real Colorado

Megan Rapinoe: is a 31-year-old midfielder from Redding, Calif. Rapinoe and her twin Rachael are the youngest of six children. Rapinoe compares her and Rachael’s childhood to that of Tom Sawyer. They loved roaming the land, fishing in the creek and playing soccer in the fields surrounding their house. Rapinoe and Rachael both attended the University of Portland and played soccer together. Rapinoe majored in Sociology and minored in Political Science. She enjoys playing guitar, going to the beach and attending concerts in her free time. Her hometown, Redding, Calif., recognizes Sept. 10 as Megan Rapinoe day.
Club Team: Seattle Reign FC

Becky Sauerbrunn: is a 31-year-old defender from St. Louis, Mo. She has two older brothers who she claims helped make her the tough, scrappy player she is today. Growing up Sauerbrunn’s brothers also helped her learn to read. She ended up majoring in English Literature and Composition while at Virginia, and was halfway through Graduate School, pursuing a Master’s in Education, when she decided to play professionally.  On National Team trips, she typically reads three or four books. She says she reads so much because she wants to keep learning new things since she knows she won’t be able to play soccer forever. Sauerbrunn loves playing video games, drinking lattes and going to the movies.
Club Team: FC Kansas City

Hope Solo: is a 34-year-old goalkeeper from Richland, Wash. While she is known world-wide for her outstanding skills between the posts, Solo originally started out as a forward. When she was 15, her team’s goalkeeper got hurt, and Solo was placed in goal by her coach. Despite her goalkeeping talents, Solo preferred being the one scoring the goals, not stopping them. Her attitude changed when she entered college at the University of Washington where her coaches convinced her that she had potential to be “the best goalkeeper in the country.” Fast-forward to 2016 and Solo is a two-time gold medal winner, Golden Glove Award recipient and the holder of the U.S. record for most career shutouts (earning her 100th international shutout earlier this month when the USWNT defeated South Africa 1-0). She is married to retired NFL tight end, Jerramy Stevens, and in her free time acts as a mentor at the One Young World Summit, is a strong voice for women’s equality and a best-selling author.
Club Team: Seattle Reign FC