Friday, November 12, 2010

USWNT Roster Announced For World Cup Qualifying Series With Italy

US Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage announced a 24-player roster for their upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying series with Italy, in which the winner of the two-game aggregate-goal series earns the final berth in next year's tournament in Germany.

The US, the world's number one women's soccer team that expected to make the finals of the recent CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Cancun, Mexico, lost to the host country in the semifinals and defeated Costa Rica in the consolation game Monday to earn this second chance to claim a spot in the field against Italy, ranked 11th in the world.

The first leg of the series will be next Saturday at Euganeo Stadium in Padova, Italy, with the second leg set for November 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL. Both games will be broadcast online on ESPN3.com.

Sundhage will only be able to suit up 18 players for each game.

Here is the USWNT's roster, listed by position and, alphabetically, by player with their current professional assignment:

GOALKEEPERS
Nicole Barnhart - FC Gold Pride
Ashlyn Harris - Washington Freedom
Jill Loyden - Chicago Red Stars

DEFENDERS
Rachel Buehler - FC Gold Pride
Stephanie Cox - Boston Breakers
Ali Krieger - FFC Frankfurt (Germany)
Amy LePeilbet - Boston Breakers
Heather Mitts - Philadelphia Independence
Christie Rampone - Sky Blue FC
Becky Sauerbrunn - Washington Freedom

MIDFIELDERS
Yael Averbuch - Sky Blue FC
Shannon Boxx - FC Gold Pride
Tina DiMartino - Philadelphia Independence
Kristine Lilly - Boston Breakers
Lori Lindsey - Philadelphia Independence
Carli Lloyd - Sky Blue FC
Heather O'Reilly - Sky Blue FC
Leslie Osborne - Boston Breakers
Megan Rapinoe - Chicago Red Stars
Lindsay Tarpley - Boston Breakers

FORWARDS
Lauren Cheney - Boston Breakers
Alex Morgan - University of California
Amy Rodriguez - Philadelphia Independence
Abby Wambach - Washington Freedom

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