CHICAGO -- U.S. women's national team head coach Greg Ryan has named the 20-player roster that will attempt to qualify for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup during the 2006 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, being held on Nov. 22 and 26 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif..
The USA will take on the winner of the Mexico-Trinidad & Tobago quarterfinal on Wednesday, Nov. 22, in one of the Women's Gold Cup semifinals at The HDC. The match kicks off 7 p.m. PT and fans can follow the action live on Fox Soccer Channel, as well as on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker. The winner of that game will qualify directly to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup being held Sept. 10-30 in five Chinese cities: Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan.
The USA is coming off a highly successful run to the 2006 Peace Queen Cup championship in South Korea where the USA tied Denmark and then defeated Australia, the Netherlands and Canada to win the title. The USA is 16-0-4 in 2006 heading into the Women's Gold Cup where it will play its last two matches of the year. The U.S. team will begin training on Nov. 15 at The HDC.
Only nine of the 20 players on the U.S. roster have previously participated in Women's World Cup qualifying matches, led by team captain Kristine Lilly who has played in all three previous qualifying campaigns. Lilly scored three times at the Peace Queen Cup, upping her career total to 116 goals in her world-record 317 games while winning the Golden Ball as the tournament MVP.
GOALKEEPERS (2): Briana Scurry, Hope Solo.
DEFENDERS (7): Lori Chalupny, Tina Frimpong, Stephanie Lopez, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Cat Whitehill.
MIDFIELDERS (5): Angela Hucles, Carli Lloyd, Marci Miller, Leslie Osborne, Aly Wagner.
FORWARDS (6): Danesha Adams, Natasha Kai, Kristine Lilly, Heather O'Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Abby Wambach.