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Women's Team, Open Cup and MLS

-- Greg Ryan, coach of the U.S. women's national team, has narrowed his player pool for the Women's World Cup to 24 players. Barring injuries, he will choose his final 21-player roster from this group prior to the tournament in September in China. In upcoming friendlies, the women will face China June 16 in Cleveland and Brazil June 23 at Giants Stadium. Of local note: MF Joanna Lohman was an All-Met at Springbrook H.S. before starring at Penn State; MF Angela Hucles played at Virginia; and F Christie Welsh has been with the Washington Freedom of the W-League.

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.)

-- D.C. United has proposed playing its first U.S. Open Cup match July 10 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County. (RFK is just too big for a round-of-16 game against a lesser opponent.) The USSF, which oversees the tournament, will make final venue determinations next week. United will not know its opponent, however, until the two early rounds are completed, but don't be surprised if they end up facing Crystal Palace USA, Richmond or Harrisburg.

Because of a busy schedule, United will likely rely on reserves (Moose, Dyachenko, McTavish, etc.) to fill key roles for its first Open Cup game and, assuming they advance, in the quarterfinals. The Open Cup opener comes two days after United plays at Houston. Its next tournament match would come two days after a trip to New England and two days before the visit by Beckham and L.A. to RFK. Complete brackets here.

-- Tony Sanneh, former United star and 2002 World Cup standout, is going on trial with the New York Red Bulls, his latest attempt to salvage an MLS career slowed by injury. Sanneh was let go by Chicago during the winter (although the Fire still maintains his rights) and has been trying to persuade clubs that he is healthy. When approached a few weeks ago, United showed almost no interest.

That's all for now......Perhaps some more later.........I'll be busy today working on a U.S. Gold Cup story........

By Steve Goff  |  June 5, 2007; 10:51 AM ET
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No interest in Sanneh at all? or just because they don't think he's healthy?

Posted by: Harvey | June 5, 2007 11:12 AM | Report abuse

They don't think he's healthy after his surgery, he just turned 36, and not worth the money they'd likely have to commit to him. From DCU's standpoint, it just didn't make sense.

Posted by: Goff | June 5, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I know I'm just making it more crowded for myself, but if you can get to the Maryland Soccerplex, it is a great place to watch a DC United Game up close and personal. Even on the top row you feel like you're right next to the field. You can literally hear the players communicating with each other.

Posted by: Dsmac | June 5, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Really, wouldn't Sanneh even rate a no obligation work out to see what kind of shape he's in? As thin as we are back there it wouldn't cost anything and might even pick up a dependable player for a modest fee.

Posted by: Chico | June 5, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The club has apparently seen his medical records. They know what it would probably cost to sign him. They also know they would have to make a trade with Chicago for his rights. They have no interest.

Posted by: Goff | June 5, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Still a pretty good chance United will sign a defender this summer, but it's likely to be an established starter in Europe or Latin America, not a fading U.S. player coming off surgery. Just my take on things...

Posted by: Goff | June 5, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Well, that clears things up. Good to have someone with their finger on tbe pulse of the team. Thanks Steve....

Posted by: Chico | June 5, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm predicting DC United vs. Lynch's Irish Pub in the U.S. Open Cup Final!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I'll drink to that!

Posted by: 59 | June 5, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

In case anyone was interested in the TV schedule of the Stars and Stripes Group Play in the Gold Cup, here is a link:

Posted by: DC United Fan | June 5, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

What I like best about the Soccerplex is lumping all the supporters groups together at one end of the stands. Kinda nice for us to all mingle together during a game.

Posted by: Section 133 | June 5, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

It's nice until I get a dozen emails from parents about the language.

Posted by: Chico | June 5, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

the worst part about the soccerplex is getting out...

playing the games at the plex really shows how important this tournament is...

Posted by: scruggs | June 5, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

FYI, group tickets for the Galaxy game went on sale yesterday. get 'em while they last! 20 person minimum.

Posted by: Erik | June 5, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Scruggs says: "the worst part about the soccerplex is getting out..."

The best part(actually the only good part) about playing at the Soccerplex is that Dogfish Head has a brewpub a very close by.

Posted by: Beaker | June 5, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

i was just looking at the USMNT schedule, and they're playing Catalonia in October. I had no idea they even had a team, but it looks like they've had an interesting history. And it appears that we seem to be the lucky lot that gets to play them this year. I'm definitely in favor of int'l friendlies like Sweden, but is it worth flying to Spain to play a match like this?

Posted by: Boss T | June 5, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

re: DC v Galaxy: That 20 person minimum virtually guarantees that 80%+ of the stadium will be screaming 12 year old soccer players. Great.

Posted by: AlecW81 | June 5, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse


Did local girl Ali Kreiger (ex Penn State) get a sniff at the final 24? I think she has been capped??

Posted by: Dennis | June 5, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The MD Soccerplex is probably the same size as the Atlanta Silverback's "stadium"...

As for Catalonia, the regions of Spain can field some good teams. Besides, they are just preparing for their independence ;)

Posted by: RK | June 5, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The US WNT midfield is a very crowded place. Krieger's part of the Nordic Cup U-23 camp, but she's never been capped.

Posted by: I-66 | June 5, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know where one could find a printer-friendly bracket?

Posted by: Juan-John | June 5, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"Anybody know where one could find a printer-friendly bracket?"

It doesn't work like that. Just before each round is played (or sometimes after), the next round is drawn. It's not really a "bracket" per se, in that you don't see future round matchups ahead of time.

Posted by: Mastodon Juan | June 5, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Seeing that roster reminds me of Heather Mitts' misfortune. I think this is the second World Cup opportunity she's missed due to injury.

That's got to be heartbreaking. I guess Aramas would know, wouldn't he? Hasn't he also missed out twice on competing for a final WC squad due to injury?

Posted by: seahawkdad | June 5, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

If you mean Chris Armas, then thank god.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to Vegas this weekend -- maybe I can put money on the Gold Cup or US Open Cup.

Posted by: RK | June 5, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"The US WNT midfield is a very crowded place. Krieger's part of the Nordic Cup U-23 camp, but she's never been capped."

Krieger, like Lohman and Welsh, has played for the Freedom ( She is a good bet to graduate to the senior USWNT sometime between now and 2011.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 5, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"If you mean Chris Armas, then thank god."

Actually, the 2002 version of Chris Armas was playing quite well, up to the point when he did the ACL thing in a friendly at RFK just before the team departed for Korea. I agree that the 2006 version wouldn't have been missed.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | June 5, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I think he meant Aramis, who left a void Porthos, Athos and D'artangian could never fill, leading to the Lady De Winters escape. Drat!

Posted by: DCAustinite | June 5, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

So if Tony catches on at RBNY, I guess that'll be one more NY/DC ticket to book for the '97 team tribute. A couple more and they'll be able to charter a plane.

Posted by: bbarrie | June 5, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet no-one on the Redskins blog ever cited Alexandre Dumas.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | June 6, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

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