These Players Must Produce fo National Team Depth and Hopefully Stardom
The players on the 22 women roster have to fill a need. The United States Women’s manager Jill Ellis is looking for speed down the flanks. NWSL superstars like Lynn Williams are making contributions to the senior team.
The women listed below are either NWSL emerging stars or promising youngsters with potential to be world class. They are not fairy tale stories. These players had played on the youth national teams and one played for another senior team.
Sofia Huerta- Midfielder, Chicago Red Stars
Sofia was signed by Chicago to be a number 10. Her vision and goal scoring capabilities make her a threat as a right back. Huerta has been playing that position for the Red Stars effectively.
National teams are learning to outrun the US instead of matching strength for strength. Sofia’s ability to create from defense to offense will make opponents more cautious when they attack. The American born former Mexican international provides instant experience.
Adrianna Franch- Goalkeeper, Portland Thorns FC
Much like Lynn Williams, Adrianna Franch lived her dream long enough to get a call-up. The former U-23 American international is a fearless, acrobatic goalkeeper. She has strong hands that can redirect a ball away from the goal.
Franch needs to play to determine if she can handle the senior international game. Her possible success could mean the birth of another world-class American goalkeeper. She needs another great season at Portland to show she’s consistent.
Jane Campbell- Goalkeeper, Houston Dash
Jane is long, quick, and agile. She’s still young. Franch has more professional experience in the NWSL and Norway.
Campbell has the disadvantage of playing with a Houston Dash squad that has a poor defense. The biggest fear on Jane is will she be shell-shocked in H-Town. The Dash has to build a good defense to reveal Campbell’s talent.
Chioma Ubogugu- Forward, Orlando Pride
When Chioma played for Houston she was a forward. She displayed great dispossession skills for the Dash. In Orlando, Ubogugu played at left midfield. Her speed was a great asset to the Pride's playoff run.
Chioma is listed as a defender. It’s likely she will be at left back. She has the defensive awareness to play in the back. Her experience as a forward will make her confident to attack from the defense.
Andi Sullivan- Midfielder, Stanford
Andi is the most experienced player in the group. She was more senior caps than everyone listed above. Sullivan’s a great passer and can hold off the opponent when possessing the ball. Andi’s a good dribbler and has an outside shot. A deep lining midfielder Andi is comfortable playing in front of the center backs.