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U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM

June 3, 2008
READY FOR PEACE
Sundhage names 21 to roster


CHICAGO– Former Boston Breakers Angela Hucles and Kate Markgraf were among the 21 players U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named to the roster that will travel to South Korea for the 2008 Peace Queen Cup, being held from July 15-21 in Suwon, South Korea.

In naming the roster for the Peace Queen Cup, Sundhage also paired down the number of players competing for spots on the Olympic Team. The 21 players on the roster for South Korea, plus defender Ali Krieger, make up the 22 players from which the 18-player Olympic Team will be selected. Krieger has returned to Germany to finish her club season for FFC Frankfurt, for whom she recently helped win the UEFA Women’s Championship with a two-leg aggregate triumph over Swedish power Umea.

From the 27 players who competed in training camp over the past two weeks at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Sundhage released former Dartmouth and Vermont Voltage goalkeeper Kristen Luckenbill, defenders Keeley Dowling, Kendall Fletcher and Stephanie Cox, midfielder Angie Woznuk and forward India Trotter. Midfielder Leslie Osborne tore the ACL in her left knee during training camp and was ruled out of contention for an Olympic spot.

Three players return from injury to make the final 22. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart has bounced back strong from arthroscopic knee surgery a little less than a month ago, team captain Christie Rampone is ready to go after surgery to remove her gall bladder three weeks ago and midfielder Aly Wagner has recovered from double-hernia surgery to earn her roster spot. The final 22 features 11 members of the USA’s 2004 Olympic gold medal squad.

The U.S. women head into the 2008 Peace Queen Cup with a record of 13-0-1 in 2008. During those 14 matches, 12 different players have scored for the USA, led by Natasha Kai with 10 goals, and Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley with nine apiece.

The USA won the inaugural Peace Queen Cup in 2006, defeating Canada in the championship game, 1-0, on a goal from Kristine Lilly.

The eight-team Peace Queen Cup will feature two groups of four teams each with the group winners advancing to the championship game after round-robin play. The tournament will serve as excellent preparation for the five nations competing in this tournament -- Argentina and Canada from Group A and the USA and Brazil from Group B – that will also travel to China in August for the Olympics.


UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM
2008 Peace Queen Cup
June 15-21 -- Suwon, South Korea
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Del Mar, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.), Kacey White (Arlington, Texas);
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.), Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest, Calif.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

2008 Peace Queen Cup Groups
Group A
South Korea
New Zealand
Canada
Argentina

Group B
USA
Italy
Brazil
Australia

U.S. Women’s National Team Match Schedule
2008 Peace Queen Cup
Date Opponent Venue Kickoff (Local / ET)
June 15 USA vs. Australia Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 17 USA vs. Brazil Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
June 19 USA vs. Italy Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.

2008 Peace Queen Cup Match Schedule
Date Matchup Venue Kickoff (Local / ET)
June 14 South Korea vs. New Zealand Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Canada vs. Argentina Suwon World Cup Stadium 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 15 USA vs. Australia Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Brazil vs. Italy Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 16 South Korea vs. Canada Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Argentina vs. New Zealand Suwon World Cup Stadium 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 17 USA vs. Brazil Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Italy vs. Australia Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 18 New Zealand vs. Canada Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
Argentina vs. South Korea Suwon World Cup Stadium 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 19 Australia vs. Brazil Suwon Sports Complex 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.
USA vs. Italy Suwon Sports Complex 5 p.m. / 4 a.m.
June 20 BREAK
June 21 Championship Game Suwon World Cup Stadium 2 p.m. / 1 a.m.

   
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