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20 players named to U.S. roster for CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying in Mexico

Twenty U.S. players have earned a trip to Cancun -- for CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying. The tournament runs Oct. 28 to Nov. 8. Two nations will advance directly to next summer's World Cup in Germany, while a third team will face a European opponent in a two-game playoff. More than half of the 16-team field is already set: Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, North Korea, England, France, Norway and Sweden.

The U.S. qualifying-group opponents: Haiti, Guatemala, Costa Rica.
The other group: Mexico, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana.

Format: Two from each group advances to the semifinals. The semifinal winners claim World Cup berths. The third-place game winner goes to the playoff. The Americans are expected to breeze through group play and then encounter a much tougher match in the semifinals against Canada or Mexico.

For the USA qualifying roster.....

GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (Gold Pride), Jill Loyden (Chicago Red Stars).
DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Boston), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom).
MIDFIELDERS: Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue), Shannon Boxx (Gold Pride), Kristine Lilly (Boston), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue), Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago).
FORWARDS: Lauren Cheney (Boston), Alex Morgan (University of California), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia), Abby Wambach (Washington).

Of note: Washington goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris will train with the squad but won't be eligible to play. ... Top keeper Hope Solo is recovering from shoulder surgery. ... Sauerbrunn, who has just two caps, is the only player in WPS to play every minute of the first two seasons.

Oldest: Lilly, 39.
Youngest: Morgan, 21.
Lilly's first cap came two years before Morgan was born.

By Steve Goff  | October 13, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
Categories:  CONCACAF, Women  | Tags:  women's soccer  
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Comments

The fact that Haiti can field a team is an amazing accomplishment in itself.

Congratulations to Sauerbrunn and Krieger. Ali's decision to stay in Germany appears to have paid off.

Though it seems the Cat Whitehill era is over. Too bad.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | October 13, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

No Leroux, but Heather Mitts is still on the roster :-)

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 13, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

After watching Sepp Blatter kiss the donkey of England is it now safe to assume that England will win the 2018 WC bid?

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 13, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm holding my tongue here...(Morgan Old Enough to Drink???)
wow...
hopefully the league doesn't censor me here...

Posted by: DadRyan | October 13, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

In a few years she might be the team leader. Captain Morgan, so to speak.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 14, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Jeff Maurer talks to French people. He wrote that they were nice, so they were probably immigrants.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 14, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

must admit, I thought this "box seats" idea was dumb, but Maurer is pretty good at this. now I'd just as soon have him post these in SI right along with Goff's posts to make SI a one-stop shop.

Posted by: troy6 | October 14, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to FREEDOM players Wambach, Sauerbruun and Harris!!
But what's this-No Cat Whitehill or Sara Huffman!?!!
Ali Krieger played for the FREEDOM in the 2009 season...

Posted by: 10bestfan | October 14, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

(Morgan Old Enough to Drink???)
_________________________________________

Actually, in most of the civilized world, Morgan has been old enough to drink for quite some time.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 14, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

(Morgan Old Enough to Drink???)
_________________________________________

Actually, in most of the civilized world, Morgan has been old enough to drink for quite some time.

Posted by: universityandpark | October 14, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Ali Krieger played for the FREEDOM in the 2009 season..."

So did Lori Lindsey.

Posted by: kevinwparker | October 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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