Wambach tops U.S. roster for last exhibition game

October 4, 2006

RICHMOND, Va. -- Coming off her fifth career hat trick, Abby Wambach will lead the U.S. women's team in Sunday's game against Iceland.

Coach Greg Ryan chose Wambach among 18 players for the team's last exhibition game of the year. Wambach has 62 career goals and leads the team in 2006 with 13. She had three against Taiwan in a 10-0 win last Sunday and moved past Shannon MacMillan into sixth place on the all-time U.S. goal-scoring chart.

The U.S. women head into the game with a regulation record of 12-0-3 this year, and an unbeaten streak of 25 games in regulation time. Their only loss was a penalty kick shootout to Germany in the 2006 Algarve Cup final.

After the match with Iceland, the Americans travel to South Korea for the 2006 Peace Queen Cup Korea from Oct. 28-Nov. 4. They will play in the Womens Gold Cup, which will serve as qualifying for the 2007 Womens World Cup, on Nov. 22 and Nov. 26 in Carson, Calif.

The Americans are 7-0-1 vs. Iceland. The roster for the game:

Goalkeepers: Briana Scurry, Hope Solo.

Defenders: Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Stephanie Lopez, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone.

Midfielders: Angela Hucles, Carli Lloyd, Marci Miller, Leslie Osborne, Aly Wagner.

Forwards: Natasha Kai, Kristine Lilly, Megan Rapinoe, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach.