WNT Sep 7, 2010
The only thing cooler than making a roster for a Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament is making it to an actual Women’s World Cup, but the former can often lead to the latter, which is why the upcoming training camp for the U.S. Women’s National Team is so important. U.S.head coach Pia Sundhage has called in 30 players to the camp, although several will be arriving at different times during the training period due to the WPS playoffs. For now, here are the 30 that are most likely vying for spots on the USA’s 18-player roster for the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament. Sundhage will chose 18 players to suit up for each of the China matches, taking place Oct. 2 at the Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. (6 p.m. ET), and on Oct. 6 at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart(FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Atlanta Beat)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (BostonBreakers), Whitney Engen (ChicagoRed Stars), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Schnur(Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Tobin Heath (Atlanta Beat), Sarah Huffman (WashingtonFreedom), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd(Sky Blue FC), Joanna Lohman (Philadelphia Independence), Kelley O’Hara (FC Gold Pride), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (ChicagoRed Stars), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Lauren Cheney (BostonBreakers), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)