Stratford’s Naeher looks to backstop USWNT to 2nd consecutive Women’s World Cup title

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FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher throws the ball during a women’s international friendly soccer match against France at Oceane Stadium in Le Havre, France. Alyssa Naeher recalls that as a freshman in college a teammate told her she couldn’t afford to be intimidated. The U.S. national team […]

The Women’s World Cup is right around the corner, and the United States Women’s National Team is looking for its fourth star in France.

On Thursday, the final narrowed-down roster of the 23 women from the United States was announced. It includes starting keeper and Connecticut-native Alyssa Naeher from Stratford.

Naeher grew up in Stratford her whole life. She attended Christian Heritage School in Trumbull until later committing to Penn State University to play soccer.

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This will be Naeher’s second time appearing in a World Cup. Her first World Cup run came back in 2015, when the USWNT came out as champions, beating Japan in the final.

The United States won 5–2, winning its first title in 16 years and becoming the first team in history to win three Women’s World Cup finals.

The 2019 Women’s World Cup will begin on June 7th and will end on July 7th.

You can catch Naeher, and the team, in their first game during the group stages on Tuesday, June 11th, at 3:00 p.m. against Thailand.

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