SAN DIEGO – Five members of the U.S. Women’s National Team were named to the Women’s World Cup All-Star squad for their top performances during the event last month.
According the report released by FIFA’s Technical Study Group on Monday, August 17th, out of the 23 players elected for the All-Star roster, there are Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Julie Johsnton, Meghan Klingenberg and California native Megan Rapinoe.
Rapinoe was born and raised in Redding, California. She started playing at a young age and was coached by her father, Jim. Instead of playing for her high school, Foothill High, she played for Elk Grove Pride, a youth club team from Sacramento. Rapinoe attended and played at the University of Portland with full scholarship. Started playing for the U.S. U-16 in 2002 and reached the senior team in 2006. Rapinoe has played for many different professional clubs including Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, magicJack, Sydney FC, Seattle Sounders Women, Olympique Lyon and Seattle Reign FC, where she currently plays.
Hope Solo, Julie Johnston and Meghan Klingenberg all played every single minute of the seven U.S. matches, while Megan Rapinoe contributed with 2 goals and 2 assists, and Carli Lloyd scored 6, including her hat trick in the final match against Japan.
[quote_box_center]The report states that the selection is based on the “comprehensive statistis of the 52 matches as well as technical and tactical analysis, trends, confederations analysis, a refereeing report, a goal-line technology report and a medical report.”[/quote_box_center]
This is the complete All-Star list:
Goalkeepers: Nadine Angerer (Germany), Karen Bardsley (England), Hope Solo (United States)
Defenders: Saori Ariyoshi (Japan), Lucy Bronze (England), Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada), Steph Houghton (England), Julie Johnston (United States), Meghan Klingenberg (United States), Wendie Renard (France)
Midfielders and Forwards: Ramona Bachmann (Switzerland), Lisa De Vanna (Australia), Amandine Henry (France), Elise Kellond-Knight (Australia), Eugénie Le Sommer (France), Carli Lloyd (United States), Anja Mittag (Germany), Aya Miyama (Japan), Megan Rapinoe (United States), Mizuho Sakaguchi (Japan), Celia Sasic (Germany), Elodie Thomis (France), Rumi Utsugi (Japan)