Sundhage Names 24-Player Preliminary Roster for Two-Game Playoff Series Against Italy
U.S. Women Play on Nov. 20 in Padova, Italy, and on Nov. 27
in Bridgeview, Ill., for Berth to 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup;
Tickets for Match at Toyota Park Now on Sale;
Fans Can Watch Both Matches Live on ESPN3.com
CHICAGO (Nov. 12, 2010) â€“ U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named 24 players to travel to Italy for the first leg of the home-and-home series that will determine the final spot in the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup.
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.
Tickets starting at $10 are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Chicagoland (including Carson Pirie Scott and Walmart stores), and at the Toyota Park ticket office (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Groups of 15 or more can obtain a discount order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
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.
Sundhage is bringing the 20 players who were in Mexico for the 2010 CONCACAF Womenâ€™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 USAâ€™s pre-qualifying training camp, her first since fully recovering from ACL surgery. This is Osborneâ€™s first call-up since July 2009. She has 61 caps and was a member of the USAâ€™s 2007 FIFA Womenâ€™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 Mexico, the USA received goals from Abby Wambach (who scored eight times during the tournament to up her career total to 117), Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Cheney, Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Rachel Buehler and Yael Averbuch, but an upset loss to Mexico in the semifinal sent the USA into the playoff against the Italians.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position (Detailed Roster)
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 Oâ€™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)