July 17, 2008
Cheney on U.S. women's Olympic roster
Forward Lauren Cheney will replace Abby Wambach on the U.S. Women’s Olympic team after the side's leading goal-scorer broke her leg in the first half of the Americans' 1-0 victory over Brazil in San Diego Wednesday night.
Cheney, 20, was originally named as an alternate to the Olympic team, but will replace Wambach on the 18-player roster, in a decision made by coach Pia Sundhage. The Indianapolis native has trained with the team this year. She has played in 10 games, starting three.
Cheney, who will be a junior at UCLA this fall, has 12 full caps and three goals, two scored this year, including one against Jamaica in the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.
A member of the U.S. team at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship, Cheney scored 21 goals in 30 matches for the U-20s in 2006.
Cheney has had a phenomenal first two seasons at UCLA, scoring 42 goals in 44 games.
“There are obviously tons of emotions going through me right now,” Cheney said. “I have the deepest sorrow for Abby, but I am excited to be part of the 18 going to the Olympics. Abby is one of the players who took all of us young players under her wing. She has always been there to help us out and guide us. Abby is irreplaceable, but I’m ready for any role I am asked to fill, and I’ll do anything I can to help the team win the gold medal. In China, we’ll be playing for our country and ourselves, but also for Abby.”
Forward India Trotter was named as an alternate to replace Cheney.