U.S. women to open 2007 against Germany

December 22, 2006

CHICAGO --The U.S. women's soccer team will open its 2007 schedule against Germany on Jan. 26 at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China.

The Americans, unbeaten in their last 32 games, also play England on Jan. 28 and China on Jan. 30. They will train in Carson, Calif., from Jan. 11-15.

The U.S. team, which won the Four Nations Tournament in 1998, 2003, 2004 and 2006, does not intend to include forwards Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach, midfielder Aly Wagner and defender Christie Rampone on its roster.

"We will not be bringing some of our top veteran players to allow them to rejoin the team with fresh legs and minds in February," coach Greg Ryan said Friday. "I believe this additional rest will help our team peak in the Women's World Cup in September."

China and Germany have been seeded for the Women's World Cup, to be played in China from Sept. 10-30. The United States, which won the world title in 1991 and 1999, also could be seeded.


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