November 12, 2010
Sundhage names 24 for set against Italy
CHICAGO – Coming off an embarrassing loss to Mexico, which robbed the U.S. of an automatic berth in next year’s Women’s World Cup, coach Pia Sundhage has regrouped and named a group of 24 players that will travel to Italy and then back to Chicago for a pair of games against the Azzuri that will determine the final spot in Germany 2011.
|Breakers midfielder Lelsi Osborni got called into the U.S. Natoinal team for a two game set against Italy.
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Sundhage is bringing the 20 players who were in Mexico for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament while adding three additional midfielders in Lindsay Tarpley, Leslie Osborne and Tina DiMartino, as well as goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who trained with the team in Cancun but was not part of the game-day rosters. Sundhage will name 18 players to suit up for each of the two matches.
Tarpley, who has 120 caps, participated in the USA’s pre-qualifying training camp, her first since fully recovering from ACL surgery. This is Osborne’s first call-up since July 2009. She has 61 caps and was a member of the USA’s 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team. DiMartino, who has five caps, is coming off a solid season in WPS with the Philadelphia Independence, for whom she scored four goals.
In addition to Tarpley and Osborne, two other members of the Boston Breakers were selected to the team, midfielder Kristine Lilly and defender Stephanie Cox.
The first leg will take place in Padova, Italy on Nov. 20 at Euganeo Stadium and will be live on ESPN3.com at 10:30 a.m. ET (4:30 p.m. local). The entire roster will continue to Chicago for the second leg on Nov. 27 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., which will kick off at 1 p.m. ET and also be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
The USA will leave for Italy on Nov. 14 and will have four full days of preparation in Padova before opening the two-leg series that will be decided by aggregate goals. If the teams are tied on total goals after the two matches, away goals will count as double.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Freedom), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 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 (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)