Tarpley, Osborne added to US WCup roster

Midfielders Lindsay Tarpley, Leslie Osborne and Tina DiMartino

have been added to the U.S. roster for the Women’s World Cup

qualifying playoff against Italy.

Backup goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who trained with the team

during regional qualifying in Mexico, also has been added to the

24-woman roster, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Friday.

Eighteen players can dress for each game in the playoff, which

will determine the final berth in the 16-team tournament next year

in Germany.

The U.S. leaves Sunday for the first leg, which will be Nov. 20

in Padova, Italy. The return leg in the total-goals series is Nov.

27 at Bridgeview, Ill.

The Americans were forced into the playoff when they were upset

2-1 by Mexico in the semifinals. The U.S. then beat Costa Rica in

the third-place game and advanced to the playoff against Italy,

which finished fifth in European qualifying.

Tarpley is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and

trained with the team in Mexico. She has 120 international


Osborne, part of the 2007 World Cup roster, has not been with

the team since July 2009. DiMartino had four goals this season for

Philadelphia in WPS.

Goalkeeper Hope Solo is sidelined by a right shoulder injury

that requires surgery. She’s expected to return in time for the

World Cup on June 26 in Germany.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (Gold Pride), Ashlyn Harris

(Washington), Jill Loyden (Chicago)

Defenders: Rachel Buehler (Gold Pride), Stephanie Cox (Boston),

Ali Krieger (Frankfurt, Germany), Amy LePeilbet (Boston), Heather

Mitts (Philadelphia), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue), Becky Sauerbrunn


Midfielders: Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue), Shannon Boxx (Gold

Pride), Tina DiMartino (Philadelphia), Kristine Lilly (Boston),

Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue), Heather

O’Reilly (Sky Blue), Leslie Osborne (Boston), Megan Rapinoe

(Chicago), Lindsay Tarpley (Boston)

Forwards: Lauren Cheney (Boston), Alex Morgan (California), Amy

Rodriguez (Philadelphia), Abby Wambach (Washington)