Four Independence players on U.S. World Cup team

United States women's national team coach Pia Sundhage unveiled the 21-player U.S. roster for the upcoming Women's World Cup this morning. It includes four players from the Philadelphia Independence: goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart, midfielders Lori Lindsey and Megan Rapinoe, and forward Amy Rodriguez.

There are also two other players with local ties: Delran, N.J., native Carli Lloyd and Vineland, N.J., native Jill Loyden.

Here is the roster in full:

Goalkeepers (3): Nicole Barnhart (Philadelphia Independence)**, Jill Loyden (magicJack)*, Hope Solo (magicJack)**

Defenders (7): Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers)*, Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers)**, Ali Krieger (out of contract)*, Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers)*, Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat)*, Christie Rampone (magicJack)****, Becky Sauerbrunn (magicJack)*

Midfielders (7): Shannon Boxx (magicJack)***, 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)**

Forwards (4): Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers)*, Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash)*, Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)*, Abby Wambach (magicJack)***

* - First Women’s World Cup
** - Second Women’s World Cup
*** - Third Women’s World Cup
**** - Fourth Women’s World Cup 

Sundhage is on a conference call with reporters this afternoon; I'll post a link to the transcript when I get it.

The schedule of games at the World Cup, including TV information, can be found here.

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