June 5, 2013
SOME HOPE FOR U.S. WOMEN
Solo named to USWNT for Korean matches
CHICAGO--- Veteran goalkeeper Hope Solo will make her return to the U.S. Women's National Team for the first time since February after recovering from shoulder surgery.
|Hope Solo is back on the U.S. Women's National Team roster after recovering from shoulder surgery.
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Solo was one of 23 players named to the team's roster for a pair of upcoming games with South Korea by coach Tom Sermanni. Solo, who has 135 caps, will be available for both matches.
The American women play at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on June 15 and at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on June 20, as striker Abby Wambach continues her pursuit of Mia Hamm's all-time women's goal-scoring record. Wambach, who has tallied 155 goals, trails Hamm by three goals.
"We'll bring back in a few familiar faces that weren't with us in Canada, but all of the players are performing at a high level and the competition within the team is excellent," Sermanni said. "We're pleased that we can get in these high-quality games during the NWSL season and are looking forward to the challenge of playing the South Koreans, who are certainly one of the most improved teams over the past few years. They are an extremely gifted technical team who play an entertaining brand of soccer and we want to give the fans in Boston and New Jersey a good show."
Sermanni named 18 of the 21 players who trained in Canada for a week prior to the USA's 3-0 win over the hosts in Toronto on Sunday and has added midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who will have completed her season in France with Lyon, midfielder Yael Averbuch (Göteborg in Sweden) and defender Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö in Sweden). The European-based players will arrive into camp a few days after the National Women's Soccer League players.
The U.S. roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS (8): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)