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
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.
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)