Thorns goalkeeper Nadine Angerer (Germany), defender Stephanie Catley (Australia), and forward Jodie Taylor (England) have all been named to their respective national team's provisional rosters, the Thorns and national federations announced Monday.
The trio join fellow Thorns Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath for the United States and Christine Sinclair, Kaylyn Kyle, and Rhian Wilkinson for the host nation Canada, giving the team eight players competing in the 2015 Women's World Cup.
Angerer, 36, the captain of the German national team, is a two-time World Cup champion (2003 and 2007). Making her fourth appearance in the World Cup, Angerer has made 138 appearances for her nation, including winning the last three European Championships (2005, 2009, 2013) as the starting goalkeeper and two as a reserve (1997, 2001). Angerer has made 3 starts (2-0-1) for the Thorns in 2015, making 10 saves and recording 1 clean sheet.
Catley, 22, makes her first appearance in the World Cup for Australia. Making 32 appearances for the Matildas since 2012, Catley made 14 appearances (13 starts) with the Thorns in 2014, earning NWSL Second XI honors after recording 5 assists for the Thorns.
Taylor, 28, makes her first appearance in the World Cup for England. Coming into the national team picture in 2014, Taylor has made 8 appearances, scoring 4 goals. Taylor has made 2 appearances (1 start) for the Thorns in 2015, registering 2 shots in 105 minutes.
Again, these are provisional rosters, The official rosters for the 2015 Women's World Cup will be submitted on May 25.
Portland Thorns Press Release
Thorns FC's Steph Catley named to Australia Women's National Team roster for 2015 FIFA Women's World CupCatley named to her first FIFA World Cup roster
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC defender Steph Catley was named to the 23-player Australia Women’s National Team roster for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, it was announced today. The roster will not become official until it is submitted to FIFA on May 25, which is the deadline for all teams to submit their final squads.
The Australia Women’s National Team play host to Vietnam in a send-off match on May 12 before departing for Canada. The Matildas were drawn into Group D with the United States, Sweden and Nigeria. Australia opens the tournament on June 8 in Winnipeg at Investors Group Field against the United States; kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. (Pacific). In their second match of group play, the Matildas face off against Nigeria in Winnipeg at 2 p.m. (Pacific) before playing their third and final group match in Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium against Sweden on June 16; kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (Pacific). 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.
Catley, 21, has earned 32 international caps and 2015 will mark her first FIFA Women’s World Cup roster selection for Australia. A 2014 NWSL Second XI selection, Catley arrived midseason and appeared in 14 matches (13 starts) in her first season with the club, tallying five assists. The Thorns FC defender will return to Portland for her second season following the conclusion of Australia’s participation in the World Cup.
Portland Thorns Press Release
TAYLOR NAMED TO ENGLAND WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER FOR 2015 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUPThorns FC forward named to her first FIFA Women’s World Cup roster
PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC forward Jodie Taylor was named to the 23-player England Women’s National Team roster for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, it was announced today. The roster will not become official until it is submitted to FIFA on May 25, which is the deadline for all teams to submit their final squads.The England Women’s National Team will face off against Canada in a final tune-up before the World Cup on May 29 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario; kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (Pacific). England was drawn into Group F and takes on France, Colombia and Mexico during the group stage. The Three Lionesses open the tournament with a pair of matches at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, New Brunswick against France on June 9 at 10 a.m. (Pacific) and Mexico on June 13 at 1 p.m. (Pacific). England finishes group play in Montreal at the Olympic Stadium against Colombia; kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (Pacific). 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.Taylor, 28, has earned eight international caps for England, scoring four goals. The Thorns FC forward made her debut for England on March 8, 2014, in an international friendly against Sweden. This marks her first FIFA Women’s World Cup roster selection for England. Taylor tallied her first international goal, a hat-trick, in a 3-0 win against Australia at the Cyprus Cup on March 6. Before departing for national team camp, Taylor appeared in two matches for Portland, making her debut for the club on April 11 against the Boston Breakers as a second-half substitute. She earned her first start in a 1-0 win against the Western New York Flash on April 18.
The German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund) released this article on their English website, which included an image of the provisional roster, which included Angerer.