Former Oklahoma State star goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was named to the United States women’s national team’s roster for the FIFA women’s World Cup on Thursday. USWNT will seek its fourth World Cup this summer in France.
“Selecting a World Cup team is a long process, and I want to thank the players – the ones that made the final team and the ones that didn’t – for all of their hard work over the past two and a half years,” said head coach Jill Ellis in a statement. “They all pushed each other in every training session and every game and challenged the coaches to make some tough decisions. These 23 players have been through adversity and success, and it’s a group that has the talent, confidence, experience and desire to help us win the World Cup.”
Franch made her USWNT debut March 2 in a 2-2 draw against England in the SheBelieves Cup in Nashville. It’ll be the first World Cup appearance for Franch, who will slot in behind Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) and Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride).
At OSU, Franch was a two-time All-American and named to the All-Big 12 first team in each of her four seasons. She holds the program record for shutouts at 38. As a professional, she has won the National Women’s Soccer League’s Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2017 and 2018 with the Portland Thorns and the league title in 2017.
Team USA will kick off Group F play June 11 against Thailand. The Americans will also play Chile and Sweden in the first round.
USWNT roster for World Cup
Goalkeepers: Adrianna Franch, Ashlyn Harris, Alyssa Naeher
Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson, Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Emily Sonnett
Midfielders: Morgan Brian, Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle, Allie Long, Samantha Mewis
Forwards: Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Jessica McDonald, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Mallory Pugh, Megan Rapinoe