The Beijing summer Olympics are only a few months away, and the women's U.S. soccer team has just solidified its roster. 18 players have been chosen to represent the U.S. on the soccer field, some of the choices may surprise you.
Goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was kicked off the team nine months ago at the World Cup, will compete for America, which leaves Briana Scurry out of luck. Scurry took over for Solo after the World Cup semifinal loss to Brazil, but coach Pia Sundhage felt Solo was the more reliable choice.
Both Hope and Nicole, they're very good with their feet," Sundhage said to the Associated Press. "And that's necessary the way we're playing right now.
When past coach Greg Ryan surprisingly replaced starter Solo with Scurry during the semifinal, the Americans lost the game 4-0. Solo publicly criticized Ryan and Scurry, saying she would've made the saves. Her big talk cost her a place on the team.
Still, Solo is back, but she's not the only player you'll recognize on the roster. Half of the roster was present when the U.S. team took the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
America will play Norway, Japan and New Zealand in the first round of the Olympics.
US Olympic Soccer Team Roster
Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart, Hope Solo
Defenders: Rachel Buehler, Lori Chalupny, Stephanie Cox, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone
Midfielders: Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Angela Hucles, Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner
Forwards: Natasha Kai, Amy Rodriguez, Abby Wambach
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