China awaits the women’s world cup team in September. Below is a list of the 18 players that will represent the US, there more will be named in the coming weeks.
Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.)
Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.)
Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)
Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.)
Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.)
Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.)
Cat Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.)
Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.)
Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo.)
Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.)
Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.)
Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis.)
Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.)
Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.)
Heather O’Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.)
Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.)
With 61 days remaining until the USA’s opening match of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named the first 18 players who will represent the United States on women’s soccer’s grandest stage. Ryan’s selections include three former Pac-10 standouts: Hope Solo and Tina Ellertson from Washington and Nicole Barnhart of Stanford.
With all 16 participating teams allotted final rosters of 21 players, Ryan will make his final three selections in the coming weeks. The 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in five Chinese cities from Sept. 10-30. The USA opens the tournament against North Korea on Sept. 11 in Chengdu.
“We named the 18 now because we’ve been in Residency Camp two years in a row, we’ve spent two years together and we know these players inside out,” said Ryan, who will coach in his first FIFA Women’s World Cup. “These 18 have earned the right to be on this World Cup Team. We want to remove the stress from trying out and just say, `you guys are the ones, you’re in, let’s get after it.'”