List of Americans Abroad
Wambach hurts toe in 4-0 romp over Finland in final Cup tune-up.
Wambach nets pair, UNC quartet adds four in 6-2 rout of Canada.
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.
Americans settle in Chengdu, await World Cup debut against North Korea.
CHENGDU, China (Thursday, September 6, 2007) -- The United States women arrived here this afternoon, five days in advance of its Women's World Cup opener.
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The U.S. begins its pursuit of a third World Cup crown Tuesday with a Group B match against North Korea at Chengdu Sports Center Stadium, a match that will be played at 5 p.m. local time, 5 a.m. (ET). ESPN2 will broadcast the game with coverage starting five minutes before kickoff.
The American women traveled from Shanghai, where they spent eight days training. While the U.S. did not practice today, it will train almost every day from now on, including a session at the stadium on Sunday.
The second U.S. match will be against Sweden September 14, also in Chengdu at 5 a.m. (ET) with the ESPN telecast beginning at 4:55 a.m. The Americans close group play September 18 with Nigeria at Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium, an 8 a.m. (ET) meeting which will be on ESPN with a five-minute pre-game show.
The American party received its first taste of World Cup excitement at the Chengdu airport where it was greeted by a good number of frenzied photographers and cameramen.
Striker Kristine Lilly is the only player about to play in her fifth Women's World Cup that will be playing in her fifth World Cup tournament. The U.S. captain is one of just four players in China '07 who were at the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup when it was first held in China, but she is the only player who also then played in the next three world tournaments as well. With Lilly in the midfield, the Americans defeated Norway 2-1in the title match behind two goals by Michelle Akers.
Only two men can match Lilly's record of five World Cups: Mexico goalkeeper Antonio Carbajal accomplished the feat from 1950 to 1966, while Germany midfielder\defender Lothar Matthäus did it from 1982 to 1998.
The most capped player in the history of international soccer with 331 appearances, Lilly has started in every Women's World Cup game the U.S. has played. From current teams, Norway keeper Bente Nordby, Brazil attacker Pretinha and New Zealand forward Wendi Henderson also took part in the 1991 Women's World Cup, although Nordby did not play in any of her nation's matches. Pretinha missed the 2003 World Cup, while Henderson has helped New Zealand return to the WWC after a 16-year absence.
The fifth world championship for women commences Monday when defending champion Germany takes on Argentina at the 34,000-seat Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium.
Sepp Blatter, president of world governing body FIFA, will attend the Germany-Argentina match and then will travel to Chengdu to watch the U.S. take on North Korea, as well as the second half of that doubleheader, Nigeria against Sweden. Blatter will also attend China's opening game against Denmark in Wuhan September 12.
Notes: "Studio 90: China '07," a 30-minute special previewing the U.S. women's participation in the Women's World Cup will debut Monday on Fox Soccer Channel at 8 p.m. (ET).
Women's National Team's participation in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China,
The U.S. roster for the 2007 Women's World Cup:
Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.), Hope Solo (Richland, Wash.).
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 (7): Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach, Calif.), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis), Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va.), Marci Jobson (St. Charles, Ill.), Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J.), Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wisc.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.).
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.).
The field for the 2007 Women's World Cup to be played September 10-30 in 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.
The Women'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).
Group A will be based in Shanghai.
Group B will be based in Chengdu.
Group C will be based in Hangzhou.
Group D will be based in Wuhan.
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