Krieger and Morgan join WPS stars

[U.S. WOMEN] German-based defender Ali Krieger and University of California forward Alex Morgan are the only non-WPS players on the U.S. roster for the game against Germany on May 22 at Cleveland Browns Stadium (TV: ESPN2, live, 6 p.m. ET).

The friendly pits the USA and Germany, 1-2 according to the latest FIFA rankings, in their first meeting in the United States since the semifinal match of the 2003 Women’s World Cup.

Krieger played 10 games on loan for the Washington Freedom during the inaugural WPS season. She is currently playing for FFC Frankfurt in the German Women’s Bundesliga alongside several of the players the USA will face in Cleveland.

Morgan, the former U-20 star, is a rising senior at UC Berkeley.

The game marks the return of veteran centerbacks Christie Rampone and Kate Markgraf to training with the U.S. team.

Rampone gave birth to her second daughter on March 6 of this year and has been easing her way back into training with Sky Blue FC.

Markgraf had twins, a girl and a boy, in July 2009 and missed the inaugural WPS season, but she is back playing with the Chicago Red Stars.

Defending champion Sky Blue FC and the Red Stars lead all WPS teams with four players apiece on the U.S. roster.

Injuries have depleted the USA's ranks in recent weeks as midfielders Carli Lloyd (ankle) and Tobin Heath (ankle), defender Megan Schnur (knee) and forward Kelley O’Hara (foot) are all sidelined.

Forward Lauren Cheney will also miss the match due to a personal commitment, while veteran defender Lori Chalupny has not been medically cleared due to concussion-related issues.

The USA has won 18 games, lost four and tied four in 27 meetings with Germany.

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica)
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt, GER), Marian Dalmy (Chicago Red Stars), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Kate Markgraf (Chicago Red Stars), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (St. Louis Athletica), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (3): Alex Morgan (Univ. of California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom)

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