Ryan cuts women's residency squad to 24 players

With the countdown to the Women's World Cup on, U.S. national team head coach Greg Ryan has reduced the residency training camp roster to 24 players.

Ryan will take 21 players to China for the finals and suit up 18 players for each of six games in the Women's National Send-Off Series, commencing on June 16 against China at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

To get to 24, Ryan released forwards Lauren Cheney and Megan Rapinoe and goalkeepers Kristin Luckenbill and Kim Bingham, while injured players Heather Mitts and Amy LePeilbet, both defenders, and goalkeeper Jenni Branam will not be healthy in time for the Women's World Cup.

U.S. WOMEN'S RESIDENCY ROSTER:
GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.);
DEFENDERS: Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.);
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.);
FORWARDS: Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.)

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