Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has been named to the 2015 Women's World Cup roster by head coach Jill Ellis, along with fellow goalkeepers Ashlyn Harris and Hope Solo. The full 23-player roster was unveiled in an announcement on Fox Soccer, over a month before the deadline.
"I am incredibly excited about being named to the roster and going to my first World Cup this summer," Naeher said. "This is such an amazing opportunity and something I have been working toward for a long time. It is always an honor to represent the U.S., and to be able to do that with my teammates at a World Cup is a blessing and an experience I will never forget. It has been quite a journey already, and I am looking forward to the next chapter."
Naeher may not see field time as the third goalkeeper, but spoke in Breakers preseason about understanding her role on the national team. "You know, just kind of take it one day at a time. You're there for training and experience and pushing everybody," she said.
Naeher was a stalwart for Boston last season, earning NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year honors while starting and playing every minute for the Breakers. Naeher also saw time with the Breakers in WPS and was a starter on the 2008 U-20 USWNT, helping the United States to win the U-20 World Cup and earning the tournament's Golden Glove. She was first capped for the full senior team last year against Argentina in the International Tournament of Brasilia, earning a shutout for a final scoreline of 7-0.
The United States has three more home friendlies before leaving for Canada, starting when they face Republic of Ireland on May 10 in San Jose, California, then Mexico on May 17 and South Korea on May 30.
The World Cup begins June 6. The United States opens competition against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg.