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Mitts diagnosed with torn ACL, will miss second World Cup.

Schedule for World Cup prep matches is set.

Schedule for World Cup prep matches is set.

Ryan, Lilly to visit China for Women's World Cup draw.

Lilly scores two more in U.S.'s 5-0 rout of Mexico.

Wambach's two goals, Lloyd strike beat Sweden 3-2, earn Algarve final.

Lloyd's second straight winner downs Finland 1-0 in Algarve Cup.

Lloyd goal is winner in 2-1 Algarve opening win over China.

Chalupny, Kai power Americans past China 2-0, to Four Nations crown.

Solo stops help save 0-0 draw with Germany to open Four Nations Cup.

Wambach finds net twice, U.S. defeatd Mexico 2-0, qualify for Women's World Cup.

Pardoned Lilly scores, Americans edge Canada to take Peace Cup title.

Lilly equalizes for 1-1 draw with Denmark to open Peace Cup.

Wambach scores three, assists three in 10-0 rout of Taiwan.

Peace Cup event is added to WWC preparation.

Wambach, Kai provide winning margin in 2-0 win over Canada.

O'Reilly, Whitehill help post familiar 5-0 triumph over Ireland.

Germany blanks U.S. 2-0 in U-21 Nordic final.

Reserve Kai nets winner in 1-0 decision over Japan.

Wambach's three strikes lead 3-1 comeback victory over Japan.

Visit to Japan is scheduled, qualifying road is set.

U.S. women

Solo will miss China match after death of father.

Hope Solo
Hope Solo, the No. 1 goalkeeper for the United States women, will miss tonight's match with China following the death of her father.
-- U.S. Soccer Federation web site photo --

CLEVELAND (Saturday, June 16, 2007) -- Starting goalkeeper Hope Solo will not be with the United States women for their match tonight at 7 p.m. at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Solo's father died Thursday night and she returned home to the Seattle area. The U.S. team will wear black armbands during the match and there will be a moment of silence before the game.

Solo has started 32 of 40 matches under coach Greg Ryan, who has a 33-0-7 (.913) record since taking the helm in March 2005. The U.S women's unbeaten streak now stands at 41 matches (34-0-7, .915).

"We know the expectations are high. We know that everyone is shooting at us, so let's just embrace that and go out and give it everything we've got," Ryan said. We haven't worried about the pressure, we don't worry about losing, we just go out and play to win and, so far, it's worked pretty well."

Ryan named 18 of the 24 players he has in camp for today's game roster.

Tonight's match is the first of six matches the U.S. will play before the Women's World Cup September 30 in China. The Americans have been training in Cleveland since Tuesday, preparing for their first match at this relatively new stadium. The U.S. men defeated Venezuela 2-0 here in May 2006.

The U.S. women and China have already met twice this year with the Americans taking both matches. The first victory came January 30 when the Americans' 2-0 triumph gave them the Four Nations Tournament championship in China. On March 7, The U.S prevailed 2-1 in its opening outing of the Algarve Cup, an event the Americans also captured. The U.S. is 6-2-2 (.700) all-time against China on home soil.

The U.S. is the top team in the rankings of world governing body FIFA. "If you look over the long history, we have dominated in the world," Ryan said. "The landscape has definitely changed since 1991 when the USA won their first world championship in China. The teams we are playing against now are so much better. They are putting so many more resources into the game and the players are more athletic. There are five, six, seven teams that can win" the Women's World Cup."


U.S. women's sendoff series schedule (all times Eastern):

June 16 - China at Cleveland Browns Stadium, 7 p.m.
June 23 - Brazil at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. 5 p.m., ESPN2
July 14 - Norway at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., 6 p.m., ESPN2
July 28 - Japan at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., 10 p.m.
August 12 - New Zealand at Soldier Field in Chicago, 1 p.m., ESPN2
August 25 - Finland at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., 9:30 p.m., ESPN2


U.S. women's roster for today's match against China:

Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart, Gilbertsville, Pa., Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.).

Defenders (6): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Catherine Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.).

Midfielders (5): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wisc.).

Forwards (5): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawai'i), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.).

Full training camp roster:

Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart, Gilbertsville, Pa., Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.)..

Defenders (7): Marian Dalmy (Lakewood, Colo.), Tina Ellertson (Vancouver, Wash.), Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif.), Kate Markgraf (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J.), India Trotter (Plantation, Fla.), Catherine Whitehill (Birmingham, Ala.).

Midfielders (8): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Joanna Lohman (Silver Spring, Md.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wisc.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.)..

Forwards (6): Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawai'i), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Heather O'Reilly (East Brunswick, N.J.), Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y.), Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.).


The first-round schedule for the United States and host China in the Women's World Cup (all times Eastern):

United States (Group B)

September 11 - vs. North Korea in Chengdu, 5 a.m.
September 14 - vs. Sweden in Chengdu, 5 a.m.
September 18 - vs. Nigeria in Shanghai, 8 a.m.

China (Group D)

September 12 - vs. Denmark in Wuhan, 8 a.m.
September 15 - vs. Brazil in Wuhan, 8 a.m.
September 19 - vs. New Zealand, 8 a.m.


The field for the 2007 Women's World Cup to be played September 10-30 in China:

Host: China
Asia: Australia, North Korea, Japan.
Africa: Nigeria, Ghana.
North America, Central America, Caribbean: United States, Canada.
Europe: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, England.
Oceania: New Zealand.
South America: Argentina, Brazil.

Group A (in Shangai): Germany, Japan, England, Argentina.
Group B (in Chengdu): Nigeria, United States, North Korea, Sweden.
Group C (in Hangzhou): Norway, Ghana, Australia, Canada.
Group D (in Wuhan): China, New Zealand, Brazil, Denmark.


The Wormen's World Cup venues:

Shanghai: Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium (six first-round matches, third-place match, championship game).
Tianjin: - Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium (two first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches, one semifinal match).
Hangzhou: Zhejiang Dragon Stadium (six first-round matches, one semifinal match).
Wuhan: Wuhan Sports Center Stadium (four first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches).
Chengdu: Chengdu Sports Center Stadium (six first-round matches).

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