CHICAGO (March 15, 2011) â€“ U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has named a roster of 23 players to travel to the United Kingdom on March 21 in preparation for the USAâ€™s first match in England on April 2 at Brisbane Road in East London. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. ET.
Brisbane Road, officially known as Matchroom Stadium, is home to English League One side Leyton Orient. The match will be a part of a 20-day training camp in the U.K. for the U.S., which is preparing for the 2011 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup in Germany from June 26-July 17.
The roster features 22 of the 24 players that traveled to Portugal and won the 2011 Algarve Cup plus the addition of midfielder Meghan Klingenberg, who was playing with the U.S. Under-23 Womenâ€™s National Team in early March during its victory at the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.
The England game could mark the return to game action for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who is at the end of a lengthy recovery from major shoulder surgery last September.
After the England game, the USA will travel to Scotland for four more days of training and a closed-door training match against Scotland.
The U.S. has met England just 10 times in its 27-year history. Four of the games have been in Europe (two in Italy, one in France, one in Portugal) and four in the United States. The last two matches took place in China, including the most recent meeting, a 3-0 quarterfinal victory for the USA at the 2007 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup.
U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team Roster by Position - Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash), Hope Solo (magicJackâ€™s Washington Freedom)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (magicJackâ€™s Washington Freedom), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), Shannon Boxx (magicJackâ€™s Washington Freedom), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Meghan Klingenberg (magicJackâ€™s Washington Freedom), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Kelley Oâ€™Hara (Boston Breakers), Heather Oâ€™Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJackâ€™s Washington Freedom)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJackâ€™s Washington Freedom)