Four added to U.S. roster for Italy qualifiers
November, 13, 2010
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Two players with local ties -- Hermosa Beach's Lindsay Tarpley and former UCLA star Tina DiMartino -- have been added to the U.S. women's national team roster for its Women's World Cup qualifying playoff against Italy.
Coach Pia Sundhage, who had a 20-player roster for the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Mexico, has 24 on her list for games Nov. 17 in Padova and Nov. 24 in Bridgeview, Ill. The winner will join the 16-team field for next year's WWC in Germany.
The Americans were sent to the playoff after losing the Mexico -- the biggest upset in modern women's soccer's 40-year history -- in the CONCACAF semifinals.
Tarpley, a midfielder/forward who was a surprise omission from the CONCACAF roster, is making just her second appearance with the team since tearing an anterior cruciate ligaments last year. She won gold medals at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics and played at the 2007 WWC.
Tarpley, who plays for the Boston Breakers in Women's Professional Soccer, is from Michigan and starred at the University of North Carolina. She lives in Southern California during the offseason because her husband, B.J. Snow, is the assistant head coach of UCLA's women's program.
DiMartino, from Massapequa, N.Y., plays for the Philadelphia Independence.
Also added to the roster are holding midfielder Leslie Osborne (Boston Breakers), who missed the qualifying tournament while recovering from a broken collarbone, and goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (Washington Freedom), who traveled to Mexico as a third goalkeeper but was not on the roster.
Osborne, a former Santa Clara University star who played at the 2007 WWC, canceled plans to run in last weekend's New York Marathon after receiving word from Sundhage that she was rejoining the team.
Other local players on the roster: midfielder Shannon Boxx (Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS) from FC Gold Pride, and forwards Amy Rodriguez (Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC) from the Philadelphia Independence, Abby Wambach (Hermosa Beach) from the Washington Freedom, Lauren Cheney (UCLA) from the Boston Breakers and Alex Morgan (Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS), a senior at the University of California.