Monday, June 16, 2008

Ready to Rumble

The U.S. team is on the field and warming up for the clash vs. Brazil, the first meeting since the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal. Above, U.S. captain Christie Rampone gets strapped and ready. She'll start her 16th game for the USA this year and tie Brandi Chastain for sixth on the U.S. all-time caps list at 192. The U.S. lineup:

18-Hope Solo; 17-Lori Chalupny, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 15-Kate Markgraf, 2-Heather Mitts; 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd, 10-Aly Wagner, 5-Lindsay Tarpley; 19-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach.

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage has made two changes from the starting lineup that faced Australia on June 15, inserting Aly Wagner into the center midfield and putting Amy Rodriguez up top. It's the first start of the year for Wagner and the fifth start of the year for A-Rod, but first since the championship game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying against Canada on April 12.

5 comments:

Kylie said...

Looking forward to the game!! Can't wait! Nice to see A-rod and Wagner in the starting line again =]
GOOD LUCK!!!!

Gil said...

A-Rod scored on my country. Oh well, she's my "buddy" now so i guess it's ok... hehehe

Impedient said...

Congrats on the great win against Brazil and great to see our younglings getting on the scoresheet!

Hope all who are down with injuries are fine and it's good to see all getting playing time!

Kylie said...

Good job on the win! Not a completely brilliant game, but great job to Solo for some good saves, great job to Abby for saving the shot Solo couldn't, and amazing job to A-Rod for not giving up on the ball and scoring on that narrow, weird angle shot...

Looking forward to watching the Italy match now...hopefully we'll see the likes of Kai, Rampone and Lloyd back in during that match!

MED STRIKERS said...

No worries, Carli is all about the Biz! She may not be able to smell the roses, but she will most definatley find the back of the net. Broken nose? Thats just a speed bump for a Jersy Girl!


Good luck with Italy!

M/S Force... NJ....