Abby Wambach and Heather O’Reilly were on tap as the 21-woman roster for Team USA was announced on ESPN this morning.
Women’s Professional Soccer’s magicJack SC led the way with seven players named to the roster with goalkeepers Hope Solo and Jillian Loyden, defenders Christie Rampone and Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lindsay Tarpley and forward Abby Wambach.
The rest of WPS was well represented as well.
The Philadelphia Independence added four players to the roster in goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, midfielders Lori Lindsey and Megan Rapinoe and forward Amy Rodriguez.
The Boston Breakers added four players as well with defenders Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox and Amy LePeilbet and forward Lauren Cheney making the roster.
The Atlanta Beat added a pair with defender Heather Mitts and midfielder Carli Lloyd.
Sky Blue FC added a pair of New Jerseyians in midfielders Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly. The expansion Western New York Flash added one—super sub Alex Morgan.
The lone player on the roster who does not play in WPS is defender Ali Krieger. Krieger has spent the last four years with FFC Frankfurt in Germany.
The US Women’s National team will play three matches prior to the Women’s World Cup that begins June 28. Team USA will take on Japan on May 14 at Columbus Crew Stadium at 6:30pm ET. The match will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel. The two teams will face off again four days later on May 18 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC. The game will be shown live at 7pm ET on ESPN2.
The USA will play its final match before the World Cup on June 5 when they take on CONCACAF rivals Mexico at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. The game will be televised at 2pm ET on ESPN2.
- Christie Rampone is the only player on the roster who has won a World Cup (1999)
- There just nine players with World Cup experience on the roster (Barnhart, Boxx, Cox, Lloyd, O'Reilly, Rampone, Solo, Tarpley, Wambach)
- Five more have Olympic experience from 2008 incluiding Buehler, Cheney, Heath, Mitts, and Rodriguez.
- The six that are making their first roster for a World Championship at the senior level are Krieger, LePeilbet, Loyden, Lindsey, Morgan, Rapinoe and Sauerbrunn.
- The youngest player on the roster is Alex Morgan (age 21).
- The oldest is captain Christie Rampone (age 35).
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jillian Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
Defenders: 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: 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: Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)