CHICAGO -- The U.S. women's soccer team will play Iceland on Oct. 8 in an exhibition at Richmond, Va., part of its preparation for World Cup qualifying.
The game, announced Monday, comes after matches against China (Aug. 27 at Bridgeview, Ill.), Mexico (Sept. 13 at Rochester, N.Y.) and Taiwan (Oct. 1 at Carson, Calif.). The CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which starts in late November, serves as the Olympic qualifying.
The Americans also plan to head to South Korea for the Peace Cup after the Oct. 8 game, where they face Denmark (Oct. 29), Australia (Oct. 31) and North Korea (Nov. 2).
The U.S. team also announced its roster for the China game, with Kristine Lilly returning after missing two matches. Midfielder Angela Hucles, a member of the team that won the 2004 Olympic gold medal, also returns.
The roster includes: forwards Natasha Kai, Heather O'Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley and Abby Wambach; midfielders Carli Lloyd, Joanna Lohman, Leslie Osborne and Aly Wagner; defenders Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone and Cat Whitehill; and goalkeepers Briana Scurry and Hope Solo.
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