Chicago, IL – U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage named her 21-player roster for the 2011 Women’s World Cup on Monday.
The team will be led by captain Christie Rampone, who is making her fourth appearance in a World Cup and is the only player remaining from the team that won the World Cup in 1999. Rampone is one of several World Cup players that normally hits the pitch for the WPS team now known as “magicJack,” which, up until six weeks ago, was the Washington Freedom. The owner of magicJack, Dan Borislow, invented and owns the widely-advertised telecommunications product of the same name.
Both midfielder Shannon Boxx and forward Abby Wambach will be playing in their third World Cup, while Sundhage’s roster also includes 12 players who will be making their debut in the competition.
The roster features three goalkeepers, seven defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards.
“It’s a great feeling to have the roster chosen,” Sundhage said. “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 United States was drawn into Group C along with Korea DPR, Colombia and Sweden, and the Americans will open their tournament against Korea DPR on June 28 before facing Colombia on July 2 and Sweden on July 6.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
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).