USA women’s coach Pia Sundhage today announced her squad for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. There are 14 players who were part of the 2008 gold medal-winning team at the Beijing Olympics in the side, but just nine who have previous Women’s World Cup experience.
The 21-strong squad will be led by foraging captain Christie Rampone, who will be lining up at her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup when the Stars and Stripes kick off against Korea DPR in Dresden in their opener in 50 days’ time. Midfield enforcer Shannon Boxx and battering ram forward Abby Wambach will be playing in their third World Cups. Sundhage named 12 players who will be taking part in the tournament for the first time and six who will be making their second appearance, with the entire team plying their trade in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) in the United States.
“It’s a great feeling to have the roster chosen,” said Sundhage. “Now that we have named the roster and are moving forward, we can’t wait for the World Cup. Everybody is healthy and we have great players to choose from. You have all kinds of players that have different qualities on this roster, but all in all, they make up a good team. We have people that organize defensively, people that can step up when it really matters, people that are good in the air, people that are fighters and tricky ones as well.”
The Americans, pioneers of the women's game, have won two FIFA Women's World Cups and three Olympic gold medals. The current side won the prestigious Algarve Cup earlier this year.
The USA squad:
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence), Jill Loyden (magicJack), Hope Solo (magicJack)
Defenders: 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: Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack)
Forwards: Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (magicJack) *
* All team squad lists are considered provisional until FIFA’s official announcement.