The United States Womens National Soccer Team will head north of the border to Canada to compete in the 2015 FIFA Womens World Cup, and they'll be taking a couple of Bruin greats along with them.
Lauren Holiday (UCLA 2006-09) and Sydney Leroux Dwyer (UCLA 2008-11) were two of the 23 women selected to compete for the biggest prize in women's soccer. This will be Holiday's second World Cup appearance, having started all 6 games at midfield for the team that finished second to Japan in Germany in 2011. Leroux, a forward/striker, will be appearing in her first World Cup after playing with the US Women's National Team for the last 4 years. The two played together on the gold medal winning team from the 2012 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
Leroux's selection also ensures that one of the greatest tweeters in the 'verse will give us a unique perspective on the team and the tournament. But will @bossleroux make the trip? These issues will have to wait.
Our friend Ryan Rosenblatt wrote a great piece for the SB Nation soccer mothership that breaks down the selection and is an outstanding read - as you'd expect from Ryan. The US Women are a traditional power in international soccer, but the team has struggled a bit under current manager Jill Ellis as the group is having some tough times settling on the ideal positions and philosophy for its highly talented roster. The USWNT will have three friendlies before World Cup play begins in June so we will see if some of those issues get worked out before the sport's biggest tournament.
From the UCLA Official Site:
At the Women's World Cup, the U.S. was drawn into Group D along with Australia, Sweden and Nigeria. The U.S. will open the tournament against Australia on June 8 in Winnipeg, where the team will also face Sweden on June 12. Vancouver will host the U.S. vs. Nigeria on June 16.
The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup runs from June 6-July 5 and all 52 games will be shown live on FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and on tablets and mobile devices through the FOX Sports GO app and FOXSportsGO.com.
Congratulations to to our Bruins, Lauren and Sydney!!
GO BRUINS! GO USWNT!