The U.S. Women's National Team has announced their roster ahead of the CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying tournament later this month. Head coach Pia Sundhage cut the squad from 30 to 20 players following a three-week training camp in Atlanta. The squad includes seven players with previous World Cup experience.
The USWNT, ranked number one in the world, will be the heavy favorite to win the tournament when it kicks off Oct. 28 in Cancun, Mexico.
2010 CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart, Jill Loyden
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Ali Krieger, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn,
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch, Shannon Boxx, Kristine Lilly, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe
FORWARDS (4): Lauren Cheney, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach
Here are some more stories to wrap up your Thursday.
ROONEY DENIES ANKLE INJURY
England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has contradicted United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by saying he does not have an ankle injury.
Ferguson claimed that Rooney has been missing from recent United games because of a "nagging ankle injury." But Rooney, who spoke to the press after playing against Montenegro yesterday, said that he has been training for two months with no problems, indicating a rift between player and manager.
REV'S GOALKEEPER REIS OUT FOR SEASON
New England goalkeeper Matt Reis is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his right ankle on Wednesday.
Reis, who missed the first 12 games of the season with shoulder and knee surgeries, played 14 games this season with a 1.79 goals against average.
KUYT OUT FOR A MONTH
Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt will be out three to four weeks with an ankle injury picked up during international duty.
The Dutch international was taken to the hospital after being injured during Tuesday's match against Sweden. Kuyt was initially projected to be out for three months but has been upgraded by Liverpool physicians.
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