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The curious case of Anna Picarelli

Updated: November 15, 2010, 4:53 PM ET

When the top-ranked United States faces No. 11 Italy on Nov. 20 and Nov. 27 in a home-and-home playoff for the final spot in the 2011 Women's World Cup, it'll be competing against a fellow American in goal for Italy -- Los Angeles native Anna Picarelli.

When reached by phone in Los Angeles, Picarelli, who has dual citizenship because her father was born in Italy, said she's not focusing too much on the fact that she's playing against the U.S. "I'm trying not to let ...

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