Jill Ellis names experienced USA roster for Women’s World Cup

Morgan Brian and Ali Krieger were among the surprise inclusions when Jill Ellis announced the 23 players who will represent the United States at the World Cup The United States womens national team will not be wanting for experience when they kick off their World Cup title defense in 40 days. More than half of Jill Elliss 23-player roster for next months tournament in France are holdovers from the squad often looked rickety during the final run-up to France. Brian, 26, was a key cog in the midfield during the 2015 tournament as the youngest member of the side, but has featured sparingly in the years since amid mounting injuries. The inclusion of midfielder Allie Long, whos also been in …

USA get better of Matildas in eight-goal pre-World Cup thriller

The worlds No 1 team won 5-3 on a wild night in Colorado that was highlighted as much by attacking proficiency as defensive porosity Alex Morgans milestone 100th international goal always looked likely to lead the headlines on a crisp night in Colorado, but the home side had to come from behind to record a pulsating victory over a spirited Matildas side. New Australia coach Ante Milici promised his side would play with attacking intent, and they did just that. But on a night of landmarks, Morgan and US co-captain Megan Rapinoe, in her 150th appearance and whose brilliant jinking run and strike in the 60th minute effectively decided the contest, ensured a remarkable record stayed intact: when Morgan scores, …