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USWNT: Ellis names four FC Kansas City players to 2015 Women's World Cup roster

U.S. coach Jill Ellis named her 23 player roster for the 2015 Women's World Cup

A-Rod's strong play in NWSL brought her back to the US squad
A-Rod's strong play in NWSL brought her back to the US squad
Thad Bell

FC Kansas City will be well represented at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup with four players selected to the 23 player roster. Blues' captain Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday, Heather O'Reilly and Amy Rodriguez all made the cut.

Sauerbrunn and Holiday were definitely not a surprise, they have been consistent, regular starters for the U.S. over the last couple years.

Rodriguez was a big question mark since she had missed all of 2013 NWSL season while having a baby but her comeback with FC Kansas City last year pole vaulted her back into the mix. A strong start in St. Louis against New Zealand indicated that she might be in the forward pool for a trip to Canada.

Heather O'Reilly may have been the biggest question mark with not having a lot of time on the field over the last few camps but she brings the capability to get up and down the field quickly still.

The players will be available for two more games for the Blues before reporting to U.S. camp in final prep for the World Cup.

This squad is a very experienced group, with the majority of them making at least their second appearance at a World Cup and a few working on their fourth and for Rampone it will be her fifth.

2015 United States FIFA Women's World Cup Roster By Position

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris* (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher* (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo*** (Seattle Reign FC)

DEFENDERS (8): Lori Chalupny** (Chicago Red Stars), Whitney Engen* (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston* (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg* (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger** (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara** (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone***** (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn** (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx**** (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian* (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath** (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday** (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd*** (Houston Dash), Heather O'Reilly*** (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe** (Seattle Reign FC)

FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux* (Western NY Flash), Alex Morgan** (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press* (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez** (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach**** (unattached)

* First Women's World Cup
** Second Women's World Cup
*** Third Women's World Cup
**** Fourth Women's World Cup
***** Fifth Women's World Cup