The U.S. women say they are ready for anything in the World Cup.
With Heather Mitts and former University of Washington star Hope Solo healthy, the roster coach Pia Sundhage released Monday in Chicago had few surprises. Star scorer Abby Wambach warns to not be surprised by anything the Americans accomplish as they go after their first world title since 1999.
“I will do everything I can to make sure we will be standing on top of the podium,” Wambach said. “It will be the most difficult championship to win, World Cup or Olympics, and I am excited to get started.
“We always fight, we are a resilient team.”
Wambach, Solo and Mitts were joined on the 21-player roster by Christie Rampone, Amy Rodriguez, Heather O’Reilly, all mainstays of the U.S. team since Sundhage took over following a disappointing third-place finish at the 2007 World Cup. Wambach scored nine goals at the past two World Cups, and Rampone was captain of the squad that won the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.
The Women’s World Cup will be played June 26 to July 17 at nine sites in Germany. The top-seeded Americans will be seeking their third World Cup title.