Four days after their match in Honolulu was canceled, setting off a flurry of accusations and even one lawsuit
, the USA and Trinidad & Tobago will meet Thursday in San Antonio's
Alamodome (TV: ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET).
Like Honolulu's Aloha Stadium, the Alamodome has artificial surface. The irony: A grass surface was covered over the turf when the USA and Mexico met in
a men's friendly in April, but El Tri floated the idea of refusing to play because of its poor quality.
Alamodome marketing director Andrea DeLaune told the San Antonio Express-News
on Tuesday that U.S. Soccer officials
did not appear concerned with the Alamodome surface after inspecting it. The U.S. women, who conducted an open training session on Wednesday at the Alamodome, played on the turf two years ago when
they beat Australia, 4-0, in front of 19,109 fans.
Three games remain on the Victory Tour, the last three before Abby Wambach
retires. Three other members of the U.S. Women's World
Cup championship team have already retired: Lauren Holiday
, Shannon Boxx
and Lori Chalupny
The USA will also be without Megan Rapinoe
, who tore the anterior
cruciate ligament in her right knee during training on a (grass) practice field in Honolulu on Friday, a day before the women refused to play the first match against T&T after seeing the condition
of the Aloha Stadium surface. Christie Rampone
, 40, will not be available for Thursday's match because of a bone bruise in her left knee.
For part of the T&T
squad, the stops to Honolulu and San Antonio are only the first legs on a journey that will take them to Brazil. The Women's Soca Warriors are also playing in a tournament in Natal.
head coach Randy Waldrum
is with the team in San Antonio, assistant Anthony Creece
took a team of young players to Brazil, where they lost to the hosts, 11-0. Marta
goals for Brazil. Half of Waldrum's group will join the team currently in Brazil after the San Antonio match for the two remaining matches of the tournament. U.S. Roster:
18-Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign).
25-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Boston Breakers), 26-Jaelene Hinkle (Western NY Flash), 19-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Meghan Klingenberg
(Portland Thorns FC), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5- Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 4- Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 27- Emily Sonnett (Univ. of Virginia) MIDFIELDERS
14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 32-Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 30-Rose Lavelle (Univ. of Wisconsin), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash),
29-Samantha Mewis (Western NY Flash), 9- Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City) FORWARDS (7):
31-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain), 2-Sydney Leroux (Western NY Flash), 28-Stephanie
McCaffrey (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20- Abby Wambach (unattached)