Pia Sundhage keeps same U.S. roster

Updated: March 21, 2012, 8:56 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- U.S. coach Pia Sundhage will use the same 23-player roster for upcoming exhibition games in Japan that she took to the Algarve Cup.

The Americans play world champion Japan on April 1 at Sendai, then play Brazil two days later at Chiba.

At the Algarve Cup in Portugal, Japan beat the U.S. 1-0 in the semifinals -- repeating its victory in last year's World Cup final. The U.S. then beat Sweden in the third-place match.

Sundhage will pick 18 players later this year for the American to defend their Olympic title.

The roster announced Wednesday:

Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris, Hope Solo

Defenders: Rachel Buehler, Stephanie Cox, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Amy LePeilbet, Heather Mitts, Kelley O'Hara, Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn

Midfielders: Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath, Lori Lindsey, Carli Lloyd, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Amy Rodriguez

Forwards: Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach


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