Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
No changes in roster for Kirin Cup
March 21st, 2012 7:25PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  olympics, women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[USA WOMEN]U.S. women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage will take the same 23 players to Japan in early April to compete in the Women’s Kirin Challenge Cup against Japan and Brazil that she brought to the Algarve Cup.

The USA will face Japan at Yurtec Stadium in Sendai on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. local (6:30 a.m. ET), before facing the Brazilians two days later at Fukuda Denshi Arena in Chiba at 8 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET). Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

“Any time we get to play top teams, it’s always valuable,” said U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd. “The more quality teams we can play, the better off we will be heading into the Olympics. We’ve lost to Japan the last two times we’ve played them and playing them in Japan is going to be a huge match. As a team, there are some things we need to work on, but we can’t get better unless we play great teams. We don’t get these opportunities too often so we have to embrace them and try to accomplish the things we need to do before we get to London.”

Sundhage will have to narrow the roster down to the 18 players for the 2012 Olympics.

U.S. Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3):Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Hope Solo
DEFENDERS (9):Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn
MIDFIELDERS (7):Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez
FORWARDS (4):Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach



1 comment
  1. David Sirias
    commented on: March 22, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
    Facepalm! Lloyd and Boxx in the middle again. Basically Pia has decided that this is her team, and she will live or die with it in the Olympics. Well-- she will die with it. Very little doubt. The Federation needs to replace the entire staff with professionals unconcerned with reputation, seniority, and olive branches, and rather, more concerned with skills and brains. Pia returned chemistery to the team but did not bring in new talent, new brains, and did not remove the sorority/entitlement mentality endemic to the program despite years of having the opportuntity. ...... Her run is over. Kick the ball to Abbey's head, Alex making the run won't work in the Olympics this time.. Every team in the World is prepared for the USA.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Copa Centenario: U.S. leagues heavily represented    
The USA's roster for the Copa Centenario includes just nine current MLS players, but 18 other ...
USA-Ecuador: Kellyn Acosta called in, Chandler OK    
U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann added Kellyn Acosta to the U.S. roster for Wednesday's friendly ...
What They're Saying: Carli Lloyd    
"I have scored some big-time goals. I've done well in Algarve Cups. I've done well in ...
NWSL Rewind: Olympic hopefuls stand out in goal    
Chicago Red Stars keeper Alyssa Naeher, who is battling for one of two spots in goal ...
USL Rewind: Wheeler and Warshaw lead Isles to victory    
The Harrisburg City Islanders and Bethlehem Steel squared off for the first time Sunday, and Aaron ...
NASL Rewind: Cosmos back in first place    
The defending NASL champion New York Cosmos returned to first-place in the spring standings thanks to ...
What They're Saying: Earnie Stewart    
"He [Freddy Adu] was 14 years old, very talented but only practiced once a day. That ...
Copa Centenario: Final rosters released    
The final 23-player rosters for the 16 competing teams in the Copa Centenario were unveiled on ...
Video Pick: Wright-Phillip' strikes with overhead kick    
Two of the Red Bulls' goals from their 7-0 win over NYCFC feature among the eight ...
What They're Saying: Andrea Pirlo    
"It's a very hard league to play in. It's very physical, there's a lot of running. ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives