By Jené Baclawski
Prior to the roster announcement on October 6th, current USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis hinted that there would be some big changes to the team’s roster for a pair of October friendlies against Switzerland. When the list was announced, fans of the team realized that Ellis definitely wasn’t kidding around. To see the full list visit: http://www.ussoccer.com/womens-national-team/latest-roster#tab-1
Since these two matches do not have any bearing on World Cup Qualifications for 2019 this is the time in the training cycle to experiment with players and see if (and where) any new personnel may contribute to team. For the games on October 19th in Sandy, Utah and October 23rd in Minneapolis her staff is bringing in eleven uncapped players which includes eight from the National Women’s Soccer League and three current collegiate players. “Right now we are in a phase where we want to expand the number of players... that means several of our more experienced players won’t be in camp while we get to evaluate some different personnel,” said Ellis. “In order to see if these players can contribute, we need to get them into a national team training environment and in games.”
After reviewing Ellis’ revitalized roster, here are a few of the players I am excited about seeing play on Wednesday night as well as a few notable exceptions I’ll miss from the list.
Ready to make an impact:
A few players I’ll miss watching