Ella Masar and Kacey White Will Replace Angela Hucles and Megan Rapinoe
CHICAGO (Oct. 16, 2009) – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage has made two changes to the 18-player roster that will travel to Germany later this month to take on the European champions on Oct. 29 in Augsburg, Germany.
The changes were necessitated by the retirement of midfielder Angela Hucles, and a left knee injury to midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery today on her meniscus. Rapinoe will be sidelined only for a few weeks. Ella Masar will replace Hucles and Kacey White replaces Rapinoe.
Masar, a forward for the Chicago Red Stars, is a former standout for the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team but has yet to earn a full national team cap. She did participate in her first training camp with the senior side last January.
White, a midfielder on WPS champion Sky Blue FC, has 17 caps for the USA. Her two caps this year both came at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March.
The USA will depart for Germany on Oct. 20 and train for eight days in Munich and Augsburg before facing the Germans at the new Impuls Arena in Augsburg.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Out of Contract), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC)
FORWARDS (3): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)