Long Islanders Crystal Dunn, Allie Long and 21 of their teammates will be heading to France in June with one goal in mind.
Another World Cup championship.
U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Jill Ellis officially named her roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup that begins June 7. The United States will open Group F play against Thailand on June 11 (3 p.m. ET) at Auguste Delaune Stadium in Reims.
The Americans will then face Chile on June 16 (12 p.m. ET) at Parc des Princes in Paris, followed by Sweden on June 20 (3 p.m. ET) at Stade Océane in Le Havre.
While Dunn of Rockville Centre and Long of Northport have been fixtures with the national team in recent years, this is the first time both have been named to a World Cup roster.
Four years ago, Dunn was the final cut by Ellis, a story that has been well documented. While the U.S. would go on to win its third World Cup title in Canada, Dunn was tearing up the NWSL and would be named the league’s 2015 Most Valuable Player while playing for the Washington Spirit.
Following the official roster announcement, Dunn took to Twitter with a simple response, “Can’t say I haven’t waited for this moment…I’ve. Stayed. Ready.”
Long, on USSoccer.com, said, “Words can’t even express my emotions. But if I could try to make you envision how I feel…picture being a little girl, and you had a dream that you’ve always wanted and always dreamed about and it always motivated you, year after year, even when it seemed impossible at times, and it pushed you through adversities and sacrifices, and then you finally accomplish it. That’s how I feel.”
For the head coach, choosing the final 23 is a challenge given the depth of talent in the U.S. women’s soccer program.
“Selecting a World Cup team is a long process, and I want to thank the players – the ones that made the final team and the ones that didn’t – for all of their hard work over the past two and a half years,” said Ellis. “They all pushed each other in every training session and every game and challenged the coaches to make some tough decisions. These 23 players have been through adversity and success, and it’s a group that has the talent, confidence, experience and desire to help us win the World Cup.”
Also on the roster is 2015 World Cup hero Carli Lloyd of Sky Blue FC. The Delran, N.J.-native will be playing in her fourth World Cup.
“Even though this is my fourth World Cup roster, it’s just as special as the first one I was named to,” she said. “It’s a different chapter of my career, this most likely being my last World Cup, but it’s an honor to be among this talented group we have going to France.”
She continued, “Even though we won in 2015, there’s still so much hunger on this team to go after that trophy and I’m looking forward to this experience with my teammates as it will be one of the biggest and most exciting challenges of our careers. At each World Cup I’ve played in, the level keeps getting better, and that’s a credit to the growth of the game around the world on and off the field.”
2019 USA FIFA Women’s World Cup Roster (club)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch* (Portland Thorns FC), Ashlyn Harris** (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher** (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper* (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson* (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn* (NC Courage), Ali Krieger*** (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara*** (Utah Royals FC), Becky Sauerbrunn*** (Utah Royals FC), Emily Sonnett* (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian** (Chicago Red Stars), Julie Ertz** (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan* (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle* (Washington Spirit), Allie Long* (Reign FC), Samantha Mewis* (NC Courage)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath*** (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd**** (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald* (NC Courage), Alex Morgan*** (Orlando Pride), Christen Press** (Utah Royals FC), Mallory Pugh* (Washington Spirit), Megan Rapinoe*** (Reign FC)
* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup