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USWNT Roster Announced For Sunday's Friendly at Heinz Field

Meghan Klingenberg and her USWNT World Cup winning teammates will all be on hand for this Sunday's friendly at Heinz Field.

Local hero Meghan Klingenberg and her USWNT World Cup winning teammates will all be on hand for this Sunday’s friendly at Heinz Field.

This will be a pretty exciting week for soccer in Pittsburgh — as the United States Women’s National Team is finalizing their preparations for their friendly against Costa Rica on Sunday at Heinz Field.
Head Coach Jill Ellis announced earlier the roster that will take the field in Pittsburgh and also next Wednesday in Chattanooga will feature the World Cup squad only.
All 23 players that earned gold medals in Canada are scheduled to attend.
While Ellis will have other friendlies during the rest of the calendar year to begin preparations and give other players a look for the next big step — 2016 Olympic qualifying — the next few matches will likely be a “Victory Tour” of sorts that will feature all of the ladies who were part of the World Cup Champions squad.
This is good news for the fans — of which over 40,000 are expected to set an attendance record for a stand-alone friendly as the U.S. women make their first appearance as a team for a game on U.S. soil — many which will be hoping to see hometown hero — Meghan Klingenberg.
While Klingenberg, Pine-Richland grad, should be ready to play, some of her National teammates may not be playing.
Forward Sydney Leroux is out, forward Alex Morgan is doubtful and goalkeeper Hope Solo questionable — and it appears Abby Wambach has been ruled inactive.
As mentioned, more than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. event in Pittsburgh.
In addition — U.S. team announced they will conduct an open practice at Heinz Field Saturday morning.
Of the first six friendlies that the USWNT has scheduled this year, only Pittsburgh has a grass field.  All of the World Cup games played in Canada were also played on field turf and not grass.
Heinz Field last hosted a soccer match last July, when Manchester City trounced A.C. Milan before more than 35,000 fans in a group stage match of the International Champions Cup.
For updates on the International Friendly being held this Sunday at Heinz Field, be sure to follow Pittsburgh Soccer Report’s John Krysinsky on Twitter @johnkrysinsky.   

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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