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U.S. WNT Arrives in Austria to Prepare for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team Notes
2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
June 16, 2011

U.S. WNT ARRIVES IN AUSTRIA TO PREPARE FOR 2011 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team arrived in Munich on the morning of June 15 and then boarded a bus for a two-hour drive to its pre-tournament base camp in Austria, nestled at a mountain base about an hour from Salzburg. The U.S. team will be in Austria for eight full days before departing for Dresden, Germany, on June 23 where the Americans will make final preparations for their 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup opening match against Korea DPR on June 28 at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (11:45 a.m. ET).

Date  Opponent  Time (ET)  TV  Venue 
June 28  Korea DPR  11:45 a.m.   ESPN / Galavision  Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium; Dresden, Germany 
July 2  Colombia  11:30 a.m.  ESPN / Galavision Rhein-Neckar-Arena; Sinsheim, Germany 
July 6  Sweden  2:30 p.m.  ESPN / Galavision Arena im Allerpark; Wolfsburg, Germany 

U.S. Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
DEFENDERS (8): 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), Kelley O’Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack)

Link to Full Roster

WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER BREAKDOWN: The USA’s 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster, named by U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage on May 9, featured three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards. Sundhage replaced the injured Lindsay Tarpley with midfielder Kelley O’Hara after Tarpley tore an ACL ligament in the USA’s May 14 match against Japan. U.S. captain Christie Rampone will be playing in her fourth Women’s World Cup tournament and is the last remaining player from the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team. Midfielder Shannon Boxx and forward Abby Wambach will be playing in their third World Cup tournaments. Sundhage initially named 12 players who will be participating in their first Women’s World Cup but with the addition of O’Hara, that number becomes 13. The current WWC roster features 13 players who were part of the 2008 Olympic gold medal-winning team in Beijing, but just eight players on the roster have previous Women’s World Cup experience. The average age of the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team is 27 years old.

THIRD WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Shannon Boxx, Abby Wambach
SECOND WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo, Stephanie Cox, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROOKIES: Jill Loyden, Rachel Buehler, Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Megan Rapinoe, Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez.

WAMBACH LOOKING FOR DOUBLE-FIGURES IN WORLD CUP GOALS: Just three players on the USA’s WWC roster have previously scored in a World Cup in Abby Wambach (9 goals), Shannon Boxx (3 goals) and Heather O’Reilly (2 goals). Wambach trails seven women in World Cup scoring history, led by German captain Birgit Prinz, who has scored 14 goals in four World Cup tournaments and will be playing in her fifth and final tournament this summer. The great Michelle Akers scored 12 goals in three Women’s World Cups (1991, 1995, 1999) while Chinese legend Sun Wen and German center midfield Bettina Wiegmann both have 11 career World Cup goals in four tournaments, ending with the 2003 edition. Besides Prinz, the only active player ahead of Wambach is Brazil’s Marta (2003, 2007), who has 10 career goals, tied with towering Norwegian striker Ann Kristin Aarones (1995, 1999) and German center forward Heidi Mohr (1991, 1995).


U.S. forward Amy Rodriguez
“It still hasn’t quite hit me yet that we are at the World Cup, but it does feel like we’re that much closer to the start of the tournament. I’m feeling really fresh and we’ve worked so hard over the last few months. I think we are fit, ready and doing the last work and tapering for the World Cup. We only have 12 days left until the first game so that is definitely an eye-opener.”

U.S. midfielder Heather O’Reilly
“The team has been chosen and we are all here together. That is just a good feeling going forward. It’s a different feeling than before with the team all together for our last training in a beautiful spot here in Austria. I feel prepared, rested and excited for what’s to come.”

U.S. defender Stephanie Cox:
“It was really cool to see where we are staying in Austria. We’re hidden away in this mountain retreat and it’s a great place to concentrate and put in our last few days of work before we head to Germany. Yesterday when I realized I didn’t have my charger for my laptop I felt really isolated from the rest of the world, but it almost made me realize that we are here together for this journey and this week will see us even more bonded and united.”

YOU AGAIN: Seven countries who qualified for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup have competed in the previous five editions: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and USA.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Two countries will be participating in the Women’s World Cup for the first time: Equatorial Guinea and Colombia.

ESPN COVERAGE: ESPN and ESPN2 will air all 32 Women’s World Cup matches live and in high definition. will offer simulcasts of all matches, and ESPN’s mobile platforms will also provide coverage of 26 matches. ESPN will be presenting all of its studio programming from Germany for the first time, including pre-match, halftime and post-match shows. In all, the analysts for the Women’s World Cup have played or coached in 88 World Cup matches combined, winning seven titles, including 1999 Women’s National Team members Brandi Chastain and Briana Scurry and head coach Tony DiCicco.

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STUDIO 90 & OTHER VIDEO will have new video content throughout the Women’s World Cup.
Studio 90 and Studio 90: Extra Time will return when the team travels to Germany and fans will be able to tune in for the usual behind-the-scenes features detailing life with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The United States has scored the most goals in Women’s World Cup history with 85, just one more than Germany.