Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sundhage names team for qualifying
by Paul Kennedy, October 13th, 2010 4:42PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mexico, women's national team, women's world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[U.S. WOMEN] U.S. women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage named the 20 players she will take to the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament Oct. 28-Nov. 8 in Cancun, Mexico.

The squad includes Kristine Lilly, who has played in five Women's World Cups.

Only six other players have taken part in Women's World Cup qualifying. Forward Abby Wambach participated in qualifying for the 2003 and 2007 Women’s World Cups, while defenders Heather Mitts, Stephanie Cox and Christie Rampone and midfielders Heather O’Reilly and Carli Lloyd participated in qualifying for 2007.

“Of course, we wanted to pick the best team so we looked at the best players for their particular positions and tried to make both our attack and defense as strong as possible,” said Sundhage. “On any roster, you want experience, but we also wanted to get some fresh inspiration with some new players.”

Some notable selections:

Nicole Barnhart and Jill Loyden are the two goalies in the absence of Hope Solo, who is sidelined.

Becky Sauerbrunn (two caps) made the qualifying roster after being a late addition to the USA’s recent training camp due to an injury to Joanna Lohman.

Alex Morgan of the University of California is the lone collegian on the roster

Ali Krieger, who plays her club soccer in Germany with FFC Frankfurt, is the lone foreign-based player.

The USA will play Haiti, Guatemala and Costa Rica in Group B at the 20,000-seat Estadio Quintana Roo, opened in August 2007 and built for Atlante of the Mexican First Division when the club relocated from Mexico City. Group A will consist of host Mexico, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana, which will play in the 9,000-seat Estadio Beto Avila, the home of the Quintana Roo Tigres' baseball team.

The top two teams in each group will cross over for the semifinals on Nov. 5 at Estadio Beto Avila. The championship game and third-place match will be played on Nov. 8 at Estadio Quintana Roo.

The two semifinal winners will advance to the World Cup finals, while the third-place winner will face Italy or Switzerland in a playoff for a berth in Germany.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars)
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (FC Gold Pride), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)



0 comments
  1. David Huff
    commented on: October 14, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
    Looks like Natasha Kai is no longer in the USWNT player pool, that's rather unfortunate because she was one of the players who provided excitement and some variety for that team.

  1. Nicole Diaz-ordaz
    commented on: October 14, 2010 at 6:35 p.m.
    Tasha Kai is an amazing athlete and definitely lots of fun to watch! Shame she is not represented on this squad. On another note, I love Kristine Lilly and have lots of respect for her but feel she should retire and make room for younger players. The team needs some new blood in defense and midfield.

  1. Paul Bryant
    commented on: October 16, 2010 at 6:22 p.m.
    Kai has not played very much this season. She was injured in the second or third game of the WPS season and hasn't been heard from since.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Player Ratings: USA reaches new low in Klinsmann era    
Of the 16 matches the USA has played at competitive tournaments in the Jurgen Klinsmann era, ...
European draw for 2018 World Cup produces enticing groups    
A group with former World Cup champions Spain and Italy and another with Netherlands, France and ...
What They're Saying: Mauricio Pochettino    
[MLS All-Stars coach] Pablo [Mastroeni] and I share something. Pablo is Argentine like me, same nationality.  ...
Tottenham manager loves challenge of playing in altitude    
For many of Tottenham's players, playing at altitude, even in the Mile-High City of Denver at ...
Three-time gold-medalist Boxx will retire after USA's fall tour    
Shannon Boxx, who won three Olympic gold medals to go along with her Women's World Cup ...
Washington Spirit Reserves claim first W-League title    
The Washington Spirit Reserves got two goals from Chilean Yanara Aedo Munoz -- including the game-winner ...
Top 25 U.S. Soccer Crowds (2015)    
Soccer fever was evident as five matches drew crowds of more than 60,000 last week: the ...
NWSL Weekend: Seattle reigns after thumping Thorns    
Seattle Reign FC moved into first place in the NWSL with a 3-0 win over Portland ...
USL Weekend: Rhinos' unbeaten streak reaches 19 games    
Steevan Dos Santos' goal in the 10th minute gave the Rochester Rhinos a 1-0 win over ...
Video Pick: Anderlecht wonderkid scores stunner    
Youri Tielemans, who made Sacha Kljestan expendable at Anderlecht when he broke into the starting lineup ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives