Salina's Adrianna Franch selected to USWNT World Cup team

CHICAGO, Ill. (KWCH) -- Former Salina South goalkeeper Adrianna Franch was named to the United States women’s national team’s roster for the FIFA women’s World Cup on Thursday.

Head Coach Jill Ellis released a statement about the process of selecting her final 23 players:

“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,” she said. “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 2nd in a 2-2 draw against England. This is the first World Cup appearance for Franch, who plays for the Portland Thorns in the National Women's Soccer League. She is slotted third behind Alyssa Naeher and Ashlyn Harris.

Team USA will kick off Group F play June 11 against Thailand. The Americans will also play Chile and Sweden in the first round.

Full 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

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