It seems impossible, looking back, but Julie Johnston wasn’t supposed to be representing the United States in this summer’s World Cup.
When she got a last-minute call to join the team, Johnston made the most of that opportunity. She emerged from the World Cup as one of the brightest young stars not just in America, but on the world stage.
It should be many years before she has to worry about getting cut again from a U.S. roster.
In the interview, which is about 10 minutes, Johnston talks about the ups and downs of her journey to Canada, what she learned from her teammates, and how Carli Lloyd in particular helped her reclaim her confidence and form.