Fuel Soccer Talk Special Edition: The 2019 Women’s World Cup in France

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Coach Ellis believes Allie Long is one of the right players for Team USA

In the movie, “Miracle,” Kurt Russell, playing legendary U.S. Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks, says, “I don’t want the best players; I want the right players.” Allie Long was hoping she ended up being one of those “right players” when the United States takes the pitch in France for the FIFA Women’s World Cup June 7-July 7.

There were several predictions on the roster Ellis would put together for the trip to France – one had Long “on the outside” and another didn’t even mention her. Turns out, she was one of the right players.

Long was one 23 players named to the U.S. team on Thursday by Ellis. So how does Long feel about being one of those right players?

“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.”

What does Long bring to this US roster?

Players react to 2019 U.S. World Cup women’s roster

Midfielder Samantha Mewis – Hanson, Mass. – 47 caps, 9 goals – 1st World Cup
“It’s a huge honor to be selected for the World Cup Team and I hope to contribute to the team’s success this summer. I’m grateful for the opportunity and excited to compete on this world stage and share the experience with my teammates who are my really good friends. I’m so indebted to so many people who have helped me over the years. I feel so fortunate to have been able to be influenced by these positive people so that I can be the best person and player possible.”

Defender Ali Krieger (left) – Dumfries, Va. – 99 caps, 1 goal – 3rd World Cup
“I’ve worked really hard these past few years. Not playing at the Tournament of Nations in 2017 was bit of kick in the butt for me and it helped me reset my goals and sparked the incentive to try to get back on the National Team and play at the highest level again because I knew that I could. I honestly just put my head down and worked on the things I needed to get fitter, faster and stronger, and basically stay ready. I knew there would be another opportunity, or at least a small chance, and I wanted to make sure I was fully prepared for that chance. I never lost sight of trying to play at the World Cup and if I didn’t make it, I could be satisfied that at least I did everything I could to have a chance. I know I can help this team win and I’m really proud to be part of the 23.”

Tierna Davidson – Menlo Park, Calif. – 19 caps, 1 goal — 1st World Cup
“It’s such an honor and really a dream come true. It’s kind of crazy to think it could happen being this young, but making the team is something I’m really proud of and I’m just excited to see what this summer brings. I want to thank my teammates and coaches who helped me get here, all the way back to youth club to college, to the National Teams and here with the Red Stars. I’m a product of the people that I’ve played and trained with so I’m just grateful to all of them.”


What does the U.S. need to do to win it all again?

Bowen, Erceg named to New Zealand World Cup roster

Utah Royals FC defender Katie Bowen and North Carolina Courage defender Abby Erceg have been named to New Zealand’s Women’s World Cup roster, it was announced this week. New Zealand will take on Canada, Cameroon and the Netherlands in Group E.

Bowen (59 caps, 3 goals) and Erceg (135 caps, 6 goals) are on the 23-woman roster that will head to France this summer.

Also on the roster are former NWSL Players Rebekah Stott and Rosie White. The squad is coached by former Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni.

“It’s always an honor to represent New Zealand,” Bowen said in a statement released by Utah Royals FC. “I’m excited for France and to see what our team can do on the world stage. I just want to make my family proud, especially my dad.”

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup begins June 7.

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