Women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage on Monday named the 21 players who will represent the United States at this summer’s women’s World Cup in Germany.
U.S. captain Christie Rampone will be playing in her fourth women’s World Cup and is the last remaining player from the 1999 women’s World Cup championship team. Midfielder Shannon Boxx and forward Abby Wambach will be playing in their third World Cups. Sundhage named 12 players who will be participating for the first time and six who will be participating for the second time.
Among the players to make the team is goalkeeper Hope Solo, who recovered from major shoulder surgery last September. She also made news for criticizing then U.S. coach Greg Ryan at the 2007 women's World Cup in China after Ryan benched her for a semifinal loss to Brazil.
The U.S. is in Group C with North Korea, Colombia and Sweden, opens its tournament on June 28 in Dresden against the North Korea in a match that will be broadcast live on ESPN at 10:45 a.m.
“It’s a great feeling to have the roster chosen,” Sundhage said in a release. “Now that we have named the roster and are moving forward, we can’t wait for the World Cup. Everybody is healthy and we have great players to choose from. You have all kinds of players that have different qualities on this roster, but all in all, they make up a good team. We have people that organize defensively, people that can step up when it really matters, people that are good in the air, people that are fighters and tricky ones as well.”
Here is the 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 (out of contract)*, 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)**, Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC)**, Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)*, Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack)**
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers)*, Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash)*, Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)*, Abby Wambach (magicJack)***
* First Women’s World Cup ** Second Women’s World Cup *** Third Women’s World Cup **** Fourth Women’s World Cup