August 29, 2011
WORLD CUPPERS RETURN
All 21 named for USWNT friendlies
CHICAGO – The entire 21-player roster for the United States from this summer’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup will face Canada during the “WNT Celebration Series” on Sept. 17 at Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and on Sept. 22 at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, Ore.
|All 21 members of the U.S. Women's World Cup team have been named to the roster for upcoming games with Canada
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These will be the first matches for the U.S. Women since the Americans fell to Japan in the World Cup Final after a dramatic penalty kick shoot-out.
Both games will be broadcast live with the USA’s first visit to the recently opened Livestrong Sporting Park kicking off at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer. While the U.S. team has played nine matches in Portland and six at previous incarnations of the venue (going 5-1-0), this will be the first match for the U.S. Women at the newly renovated Jeld-Wen Field. The match will kick off at 11 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.
Forward Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo, who were recognized for their exceptional performances with the Silver and Bronze Ball awards, respectively, at the World Cup, will lead the team as they face Canada for the 49th and 50th times.
Solo also grabbed the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper during a tournament in which she passed 100 career caps. Wambach won the Bronze Boot as the tournament’s third leading scorer. Her four goals upped her career World Cup tally to 13 breaking the U.S. record previously held by Michelle Akers (12). Wambach now has 122 career goals, just eight shy of tying Kristine Lilly for second on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
Solo will be honored for earning her 100th cap before the USA’s match in Portland. She becomes just the second U.S. goalkeeper to reach that mark after Briana Scurry, who played in 173 career games.
The U.S. Women have a record of 12-3-2 in 2011 and are riding a 49-game unbeaten streak at home, compiling a record of 44-0-5 during that time. Carli Lloyd leads the team with six goals in 2011, while Wambach, Alex Morgan and Lauren Cheney have scored five each.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER -
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (magicJack), Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (magicJack)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)