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Women's World Cup Roster Finalized

U.S. women's coach Greg Ryan filled the final three spots on his World Cup roster today by naming former University of Virginia star Angela Hucles, Hawaii-born forward Natasha Kai and twice-capped wing defender Marian Dalmy. The Americans will face Japan in a friendly Saturday in San Jose, New Zealand on Aug. 12 in Chicago and Finland on Aug. 25 in Carson, Calif., before heading to China for the WWC, which begins Sept. 10.


THE 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.), 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.), 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.).

THE ROSTER BY EXPERIENCE:

GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (2007), Briana Scurry (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007), Hope Solo (2007).
DEFENDERS: Marian Dalmy (2007), Tina Ellertson (2007), Stephanie Lopez (2007), Kate Markgraf (1999, 2003, 2007), Christie Rampone (1999, 2003, 2007), Cat Whitehill (2003, 2007).
MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (2003, 2007), Lori Chalupny (2007), Angela Hucles (2003, 2007), Marci Jobson (2007), Carli Lloyd (2007), Leslie Osborne (2007), Aly Wagner (2003, 2007).
FORWARDS: Natasha Kai (2007), Kristine Lilly (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007), Heather O'Reilly (2007), Lindsay Tarpley (2007), Abby Wambach (2003, 2007).

For the full press release and detailed roster info, click here.


By Steve Goff  |  July 23, 2007; 2:05 PM ET
Categories:  Women  
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Comments

Yaaaaaaaaawn...

Posted by: Soy United! | July 23, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Kristine Lilly hopes they don't lose her walker on the flight over.

Posted by: Ryan | July 23, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Do they name any alternates in case anyone onthe roster goes down with something like an ACL before the tournament?

Posted by: Ron | July 23, 2007 3:39 PM | Report abuse

This is a tremendous line-up. It is a yawn, unless you want to see a world-class US national team on the big stage for a change.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

No alternates named publicly, but plenty of options out there if someone goes down with an injury in the next six weeks.

Posted by: Goff | July 23, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

So who of these are hot>? Seeing as Heather Mitts is all broken?

Posted by: Aljarov | July 23, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Cat Whitehill is cute. Aly Wagner ain't bad either. Hope Solo is probably the hottest of them all.

Posted by: silentbob | July 23, 2007 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"This is a tremendous line-up. It is a yawn, unless you want to see a world-class US national team on the big stage for a change."

Kinda like being the tallest short person in the class.

Posted by: MattM | July 23, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm jazzed about these ladies. They dominate, and that's cool. We should be proud of them. It's not like being the tallest short person. Ladies play a different game than the men. Ladies are not men, they're different by nature. The game's a little slower, true, but they put just as much into it as the guys do. Maybe more, who knows. I don't see any prima-donnas on that squad, unlike the men's side ... can anyone say LD or DB?

Posted by: Matt | July 23, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

hope solo. hope solo. hope solo
nice!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Sweet now the ESPN announcers can tell us 20X a game that Natasha Kai is the first Hawaiian to play on the US Women's National Team. I don't know what they would do without her, they might actually have to watch the game.

Posted by: Kinney | July 23, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Kristine Lilly hopes they don't lose her walker on the flight over."

I suspect she can run rings around most of the people who post to this blog.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 23, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"Sweet now the ESPN announcers can tell us 20X a game that Natasha Kai is the first Hawaiian to play on the US Women's National Team. I don't know what they would do without her, they might actually have to watch the game."

My thoughts exactly; they do the same thing with Brian Ching. To my knowledge, Cat Whitehill is the first person from Alabama to reach this level, but they don't harp on that repeatedly. I wonder whether there is anyone from, say, South Dakota in the pipeline for either the MNT or WNT, and how that might be handled.

On another matter, does anyone know what the FIFA-imposed deadline for finalizing rosters is? It is presumably sometime in mid to late August. It is interesting that Ryan has decided to commit himself without the benefit of seeing his players in action in the final three friendlies.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 23, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Faster than the people who post to this blog? She's probably faster than Boswell and Vanney running a relay. And with 123 international goals, I'd think the US MNT would be taking notes on creating and finishing chances. Speaking of Boswell/Vanney, I say Wambach wins the 50/50 air ball in that box 7 out of 10. Am I the only one who sees the irony in y'all carrying on here day after day about a losing (for now) mens team in a minor league -- not that I don't dig them too -- while you minimize the best womens team in the world? "They play a different game." EPL plays a different game than MLS too, but its still good soccer. Reading your posts on USWNT is like reading Wilbon and Kornhiser on soccer.

Posted by: US WNT Fan | July 23, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

...zzzzzzzzz...

Posted by: EssEff | July 23, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Lilly is on the squad because she's productive and no-one is able to take her spot away. Is there anyone, man or woman, who has been to five World Cups?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | July 23, 2007 6:33 PM | Report abuse

ZZzzzzzzz... (this is where the snoozing is REALLY required, not an extremely important issue like our stadium)

Posted by: AlecW81 | July 23, 2007 7:11 PM | Report abuse

If y'all aren't interested in women's soccer news, here's a suggestion: don't read it, move on, find joy elsewhere. The title of the item is very clear. You haven't been tricked into reading it.

As I said when this blog began many months ago, we are going to touch on a wide variety of issues, from MLS to int'l matches to World Cup to women's soccer to, yes, a local stadium that will not be built for many years. Pick and choose what you'd like to read. Comment if you wish. But please stop whining about the fact that women's soccer exists. Sorry for the rant, but it has really become tiresome. Carry on...

Posted by: Goff | July 23, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

So has your refusal to actually do any sort of investigative journalism into the important matters surrounding Poplar Point. You "Zzzzz" when readers mention it, We'll "Zzzzzz" when you mention Women's Soccer.

Posted by: AlecW81 | July 23, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

What!? No Twellman?

Posted by: Carmine | July 23, 2007 10:31 PM | Report abuse

So has your refusal to actually do any sort of investigative journalism into the important matters surrounding Poplar Point. You "Zzzzz" when readers mention it, We'll "Zzzzzz" when you mention Women's Soccer.

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"Refusal"???

The stadium issue has been primarily handled by the Metro section. Go through the archives and check it out. That is why David Nakamura of the Metro staff wrote the story the other day and other reporters on the City desk have followed it in the past. David will continue to follow the story. Feel free to contact him any time at nakamurad@washpost.com. I have my hands full with covering the team on the field, as well as keeping an eye on MLS and the national teams. If you have a problem with how the Post allocates its resources, feel free to discuss it with the executive editor of the paper.

Once again, women's soccer will make occasional appearances in this blog. Clearly some of you hate women's soccer (and maybe all female athletes?) with a deep passion. Again, if don't like it, simply don't read it. Not a difficult task.

And as a reminder to those with clearly no sense of humor, the "Zzzzzz" was meant as a joke from the very beginning -- essentially, that this stadium issue is going to drag on forever and we might as well get some rest while the process unfolds. Was I wrong about that part of it?

Posted by: Goff | July 23, 2007 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I suspect many of the critics of women's soccer who post here are outraged by Americans who call all soccer boring. Women's soccer is not boring. Over the years, the women who play the game have become faster, stronger, more physical, and more technically adept, with the US women playing a huge role in its evolution.

Still, women's soccer faces some significant challenges. Many countries do not adequately support their women's program, so the number of competitive national teams remains low. (The number is growing, though.) Some of the referees still call fouls that are typically reserved for early youth games. (Even then, Abby Wambach gets whacked so much, she is often on her feet just long enough to score only 1 or 2 goals a game.)

Posted by: ho | July 24, 2007 8:57 AM | Report abuse

No "zzzzz" here. My daughter -- in addition to any EPL or La Liga matches -- is quick to put on DVR any women's national team game. This women's team seems more tactically sophisticated than previous teams -- some of the three-man combinations are pretty clever, and there isn't a man on this blog who could outduel Wambach in the air.

I am a little surprised that so many left-leaning, ACLU-card-carrying males on this blog are so anti-women's soccer. Didn't you get the NOW memo?!

Posted by: Joe Doc | July 24, 2007 9:23 AM | Report abuse

You moron's who are trivializing the women's game have obviously never stepped on the field with any of them.

I play in a highly competitive co-ed league and play with and against some women who are better (both faster and more skilled) players than probably anyone on this board.

Like Goff said, if it doesn't interest you, fine. Don't read it and don't spend your time commenting on it when you could be writing your original criticisms to ESPN about how much you hate Dave O'Brien and Marcelo Balboa.

Posted by: SteveReston | July 24, 2007 9:31 AM | Report abuse

US U-20 WNT beat full Canadian womens team yesterday to advance to finals of Pan-Am games, in Maracana Thursday against the full Brazilian WNT. It will be interesting (at least to me) to see what the attendance is. Brazil is a soccer country, no? Wonder if they will turn out, or if it is all just zzzzzzzzzzzz to them as it is with the know-it-alls here.

Posted by: US WNT fan | July 24, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

"It will be interesting (at least to me) to see what the attendance is. Brazil is a soccer country, no? Wonder if they will turn out, or if it is all just zzzzzzzzzzzz to them as it is with the know-it-alls here."

I got a bit of insight into that question a little over a year ago when a delightful little film called "Romeo and Juliet Get Married" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0429743/) was shown at Filmfest DC. The title characters are rabid fans of crosstown rivals Corinthians and Palmeiras; Juliet plays for a top-flight amateur side and has national team ambitions. Regrettably, it never got much beyond the film-festival circuit in this country. If you can find an English-language DVD version, it is worth renting.

But I digress. The director, the great Bruno Barreto (for those of you who remember the 1970s cult classic "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands"), was there for some Q&A after the screening. Barreto said that there is a lot of interest in female athletes in other sports (e.g., volleyball), but distaff football lags behind those sports. A member of the audience added that Brazilian friends told him that when Brazil made its run to the semifinals in the 1999 WWC, TV ratings were pretty anemic. (Presumably the same was true of Brazil's run to the 2004 Olympics final match.)

That said, the match may draw a decent crowd simply because it is the Pan Am Games, a lot of people will want to experience some part of the festivities, and given Maracana's size, tickets should be easy to come by. That is the same reason I went to see Canada play the former Yugoslavia at Annapolis in 1984: for people on the East Coast, these first-round matches were all the Olympics we were going to get.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 24, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't get too upset at the 'zzzzzz'ers. They're usually powerless little guys who are threatened by any form of female success. Blogs like this give them a way to publicly belittle what they fear, which is better than having them go completely nuts and doing who knows what.

Posted by: Ash | July 24, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Even then, Abby Wambach gets whacked so much, she is often on her feet just long enough to score only 1 or 2 goals a game."

Abby Wambach pwned the WUSA when she played here in DC. She probably has a decent shot at breaking all of Mia Hamm's USWNT scoring records.

Posted by: silentbob | July 24, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"[Wambach] probably has a decent shot at breaking all of Mia Hamm's USWNT scoring records."

The chances of Wambach or anyone else surpassing the records set by the likes of Hamm and Lilly depends to a large extent on how many matches the USWNT logs per year during her career, a number that is surprisingly variable. I just did a bit of research at the USSF site. The USWNT regularly played 18 or more matches per year in the latter half of the 1990s, the prime years for the Hamm/Lilly gang, hitting an all-time record of 41 in 2000, perhaps capitalizing on the 1999 WWC notoriety. That dropped to 10 dates in 2001, crept back upward to 34 in 2004, and then plummeted to 9 in 2005. They got together 22 times last year, and this year will have played 21 games by the end of September, if they go all the way in the WWC.

Fortunately for Wambach, she's a lock to set a record for goals per game that should stand for a long time, and doesn't depend on the caprices of U.S. Soccer.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 24, 2007 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Penn State fan -- Ali Krieger was MVP of the Nordic Cup finals yesterday.

Posted by: US WNT fan | July 25, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Thanks! I knew about the Nordic Cup victory, but I didn't know about Krieger, of Prince William County pedigree, being the MVP. (A picture of her is currently up at the PSU site: http://www.gopsusports.com/SoccerW/home.cfm.) I'm still in mourning that Christie Welsh and Joanna Lohman didn't make the WWC cut, but Krieger should be in the mix between now and 2011.

I was impressed that the program could send a U-21 side to the Nordic Cup and a U-20 side to the Pan Am Games, and that both could kick butt. There's a lot of depth there.

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 25, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Welsh is kicking butt in W-league.

Posted by: US WNT fan | July 25, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

We now know how many people came out to Maracana for the USA-Brazil match: 67,778 (http://www.soccertimes.com/usteams/2007/u20women/games/jul26).

Posted by: Go Penn State! | July 27, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

In reading these comments I got the sense that too many USA WNT fans are smug and over confident. This team isn't as great as you think it is. This WWC-bound team has scored just ONE run-of-play goal in its first four games in preparation for the WWC. Good big players, like Germany's defensive four, will most likely shut down Heather O'Reilly, Lindsey Tarpley and Natasha Kai. Abby will be good and so will Lilly but the team desparately needs another strong forward like Cindy Parlow or Christie Welsh. I know Cindy retired but I don't understand why the coach always rejects Christie Welsh. She's MONEY! Perhaps the other players don't like her. Well, if they liked winning this World Cup, they would demand that she be on the team. Set-piece goals are great and USA excels at them, but they'll need more to get through that competition.

Posted by: Hugh | August 1, 2007 6:46 PM | Report abuse

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