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May 28, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Four Sounders Women make Olympic team

us logo small.jpgU.S. women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage named her 18-player roster for the upcoming Summer Olympics in London. As expected, there was a fair amount of Sounders Women representation:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo

DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O’Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn

MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx, Lauren Cheney, Tobin Heath, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Megan Rapinoe

FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach

Some Sounders notes on the roster: This is the time Rapinoe, Morgan and Leroux have been on an Olympic team. Leroux is the only player on the team that wasn’t on the World Cup squad; she’s also the youngest (22) and least capped player (nine).

The U.S. will open Group G play in Scotland against France (July 25) and Colombia (July 28). Group play concludes July 31 against Korea DPR at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The team will train in Sweden for a couple weeks leading into a friendlies against Sweden (June 16) and Japan (June 18). A sendoff game is June 30 against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium.

From U.S. Soccer: “The U.S. Women’s National Team has advanced to the gold medal game of every Olympic women’s soccer tournament that has been contested. The USA won the inaugural gold medal in 1996 in Athens, Ga., won silver in 2000 in Sydney, Australia, and will be going for its third straight gold medal after standing atop the podium in Athens, Greece, in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.”

Lastly, the USWNT beat China, 4-1, Sunday at a sold-out PPL Park. Morgan had two goals and an assist, upping her international tally to 24 goals in 39 caps. Solo and Rapinoe played full 90s and Leroux came on as a late sub. Here is some postgame reaction:

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