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Monday, May 9, 2011
Six locals heading to Women's World Cup

By Scott French

Pia Sundhage on Monday unveiled her 21-woman roster for this summer's Women's World Cup, and Southern California is well-represented.


Six players with ties to the L.A. area, none of them a surprise pick, will be heading to Germany for the June 26-July 17 tournament.

The Swedish coach's roster includes three local products (Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx, Diamond Bar's Alex Morgan and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez), one former UCLA star (Lauren Cheney), and two U.S. veterans who settled in the South Bay (Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley). Former L.A. Sol defender Stephanie Cox also is on the list.

The U.S. opens Group C play June 28 in Dresden against North Korea. The Americans also face Colombia on July 2 in Sinsheim and Sweden on July 6 in Wolfsburg.

Three warm-up matches have been scheduled, against Japan on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, and May 18 in Cary, N.C., and against Mexico on June 5 in Harrison, N.J.

Eight players who participated in the final pre-roster camp in Boca Raton, Fla., were dropped from the list, including UCLA junior forward Sydney Leroux and defender Whitney Engen, from Rolling Hills Estates (Peninsula HS).

Here is the roster (with club affiliation in parentheses, and local information where warranted afterward):

GOALKEEPERS
Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence)
Jill Loyden (magicJack)
Hope Solo (magicJack)

DEFENDERS
Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers)
Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), ex-L.A. Sol
Ali Krieger (FFC Frankfurt/Germany)
Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers)
Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat)
Christie Rampone (magicJack)
Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)

MIDFIELDERS
Shannon Boxx (magicJack), Redondo Beach/South Torrance HS
Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC)
Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence)
Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat)
Heather O'Reilly (Sky Blue FC)
Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence)
Lindsay Tarpley (magicJack), Hermosa Beach

FORWARDS
Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), UCLA
Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), Diamond Bar/Diamond Bar HS
Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Lake Forest/Santa Margarita Catholic HS and USC
Abby Wambach (magicJack), Hermosa Beach