Sundhage names roster for U.S. women’s Olympic qualifying campaign

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The CONCACAF Olympic Women's qualifying tournament takes place later this month, and we now know who will be representing the U.S. women's national team in it.

Head coach Pia Sundhage has named a 20-player squad for the eight-team tournament in Vancouver, B.C., and all but one of them were on the U.S. team that reached the Women's World Cup final in Germany in 2011.

Here's the roster as well as some other women's olympic qualifying tidbits:

GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), Hope Solo (out of contract)

DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Atlanta Beat), Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt), Amy LePeilbet (Atlanta Beat), Heather Mitts (out of contract), Kelley O'Hara (Atlanta Beat), Christie Rampone (out of contract), Becky Sauerbruno (Sky Blue FC)

MIDFIELDERS: Shannon Boxx (out of contract), Tobin Heath (out of contract), Lori Lindsey (Western New York Flash), Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (out of contract), Amy Rodriguez (out of contract)

FORWARDS: Lauren Cheney (out of contract), Sydney Leroux (Atlanta Beat), Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Abby Wambach (out of contract)

The lone player who was not on the roster for last year's World Cup team is 21-year-old forward Sydney Leroux, who was just drafted as the first overall selection of the WPS Draft on Jan. 13 by the Atlanta Beat.

The U.S. team is scheduled to arrive in Canada on Monday, Jan. 12. It will open its qualifying campaign against the Dominican Republic on Friday, Jan. 20 before playing Guatemala two days later. The United States wraps up group play versus Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

All of those games will be played at B.C. Place, and will be televised live on the Universal Sports Network.

Should the United States advance, it would play the pivotal semifinals match on Friday, Jan. 27. A win there against one of the Group A teams (Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti) would secure qualification for the Olympics. The championship game of the tournament will be played on Sunday, Jan. 29.

The U.S. team is attempting to qualify for its fifth consecutive Olympic Games. It won the Olympic qualifying group in 2008 and went on to claim the gold medal in Beijing.

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What do you think of the roster? Expecting the women's team to qualify for the Olympics? Who do you think will shine in the tournament? Hope to see Alex Morgan in a starting role?

Share your thoughts below.

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14 Responses to Sundhage names roster for U.S. women’s Olympic qualifying campaign

  1. Alex G says:

    piece of cake, or not?

  2. Sushant says:

    So many of these players are out of contract. How do they afford being world class athletes representing the US without a club team? Shame really. They brought so much attention to soccer in the US last year, which will lift all boats, including USMNT, MLS and college soccer

  3. Soft Erections says:

    Atlanta Beat (awesome name btw) appear to be the only team with in the Womens Pro League. Way to go!

  4. AIr Jordanz says:

    It’s the offseason, and magicJack, which employed several of those players, no longer exists.

    Doesn’t mean they won’t find a home soon.

  5. Sydney Leroux should get a fine reception in her “home” town.

  6. 123 says:

    Are they all hoping to sign with the WPS or are they heading over to Europe or what?

    The WPS doesn’t seem to be in a very healthy state right now.

  7. TimN says:

    The problem with the women’s game is that it’s not marketed well. As well, unfortunately, most wealthy investors in the U.S. who can afford to own a soccer team want to invest in the men’s game, which is immensely more popular, fair or not.

  8. So many of these ladies are out of contract! What is going on here? I hope they are heading to Europe.

  9. agnigrin says:

    Becky Sauerbruno? Who dat? Oh you mean Becky Sauerbrun! What a typo!

  10. agnigrin says:

    Yes she will especially after she scores the winner vs. Canada in the final!

  11. Exactly, quite a few of the out of contracts are surely just between contracts because of the magicJack situation

  12. Matt says:

    Also got some of the dates wrong.

  13. Rolando says:

    Dude do you see Hope Solos legs in that picture! she would crush you and the bed

  14. next big thing says:

    Don’t you wish yo’ girlfriend had quads like me….