May 9, 2011

Sundhage Names US Squad for World Cup

The 2011 United States World Cup team was unveiled today and there were no surprises at all. Coach Pia Sundhage named three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders, and four forwards to the team.

Thirteen of the eighteen players from the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal team were named, with the exceptions being Aly Wagner, Angela Hucles, Kate Markgraf (all of whom have since retired), Lori Chalupny (who has not been medically cleared to play for the national team), and Tasha Kai.

All are WPS players with the exception of Ali Krieger, who plays professionally in Germany. The United States will undoubtedly be among the oldest and most experienced teams at the World Cup.

The United States have three friendlies scheduled before heading to Germany. They face Japan on May 14 and May 18 and later take on regional rival Mexico on June 5. The USWNT opens their World Cup schedule on Tuesday, June 28 against North Korea.

Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart, Jillian Loyden, Hope Solo.
Defenders (7): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn.
Midfielders (7): Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Lindsay Tarpley.
Forwards (4): Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach.