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UP's Rapinoe Joins Teammate Lopez On U.S. WNT Roster

Sept. 12, 2006

PORTLAND, Ore. - University of Portland sophomore Megan Rapinoe has been named to the United States Women's Soccer National Team roster for its match against Mexico Wednesday in Rochester, N.Y. Rapinoe replaces North Carolina forward Heather O'Reilly who suffered a minor ankle injury when Portland and UNC played on Sunday. Rapinoe joins UP junior Stephanie Lopez as the only two collegians on the 18-player roster.

The match will be broadcast live nationally on ESPN2 beginning at 4:55 p.m. (PDT).

Rapinoe, who is tied for the NCAA lead with eight goals already for the Pilots this season, will arrive in Rochester on Tuesday night and be available to play on Wednesday. Rapinoe came into Residency Training Camp in mid-May and made rosters for the USA's three matches in July, earning her first two caps against Ireland (July 23) and Canada (July 30).

She scored 15 goals with 13 assists as a freshman last year to help the Pilots to an undefeated season and the NCAA title. She was one of the stars on the U.S. team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand. She had an excellent tournament in Thailand, scoring three goals, tied for the team lead, including one in the third-place match victory over Brazil.

Also, goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart will come in to replace WNT veteran Briana Scurry, who suffered a thumb injury during training.

U.S. Roster (Hometown - caps/goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): 24-Nicole Barnhart (Gilbertsville, Pa. - 3), 18-Hope Solo (Richland, Wash - 30)

DEFENDERS (6): 17-Lori Chalupny (St. Louis, Mo. - 21/2), 8-Tina Frimpong (Vancouver, Wash. - 13/0), 14-Amy LePeilbet (Crystal Lake, Ill. - 22/0), 4-Stephanie Lopez (Elk Grove, Calif. - 5/0), 2-Heather Mitts (Cincinnati, Ohio - 54/2), 3-Christie Rampone (Point Pleasant, N.J. - 147/4)

MIDFIELDERS (5): 16-Angela Hucles (Virginia Beach, Va. - 53/5), 11-Carli Lloyd (Delran, N.J. - 13/0), 15-Marci Miller (St. Charles, Ill. - 7/0), 12-Leslie Osborne (Brookfield, Wis. - 22/0), 10-Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif. - 101/21)

FORWARDS (5): 6-Natasha Kai (Kahuku, Hawaii - 9/5), 13-Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn. - 310/112), 25-Megan Rapinoe (Redding, Calif. - 2/0), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (Kalamazoo, Mich. - 50/9), 20-Abby Wambach (Rochester, N.Y. - 76/57).