Sermanni Names 29-Player Training Camp Roster for First Matches of 2013
GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool FC), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg FC), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lori Lindsey (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Keelin Winters (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö FF), Amy Rodriguez (Seattle Reign FC), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)
In case you can’t sleep, Mexico vs. United States, World Cup 2002, the full match.
Lyon’s official website has confirmed that Megan Rapinoe and Shinobu Ohno both made their debuts today. Rapinoe played the whole match against FC Shanghai as left back, in OL captain Sonia Bompastor’s place who is out with an injury, and scored her first goal for the club on a free kick, while Shinobu Ohno came on towards the end of the first half.
Interview with Megan Rapinoe
Why did you choose to play for Olympique Lyonnais rather than someplace else?
Megan: I wanted to play for Lyon for many reasons. I felt that this was a moment of my career where I really needed a challenge. I have had quite a lot of success the past few seasons, but I still think that I have a lot of things that I can improve on. If I can play with some of the best players in the world, and against the best teams in the world, then that will be a great joy for me. To live and play in France is another reason. That is an experience that I have always wanted to have and I’m happy to be here today.
You participated in your first training with the squad on Wednesday morning. How did you feel?
My first training went well. I have to admit that I still feel a bit jetlagged… It’s actually a big difference (laughs), but it was a good start and a good training with my new team.
Do you know any of the players on the team?
Before the opening whistle of my daughter’s early morning game this past weekend, all the players lined up at half. They faced each other in two long lines. They put their arms around each other and they lowered their gaze.
I watched from the viewing gallery as these young girls, let that…